Browsing: Dina Pule

Pule eyes September for digital TV switch-on

SA will switch on digital terrestrial television services “around” September, starting a period of “dual illumination” of both analogue and digital signals, communications minister Dina Pule said in a statement on Thursday. Pule said Sentech, the state-owned company charged with deploying the broadcasting

Policy overhaul ‘long overdue’

The department of communications’ policy summit next week has generally been welcomed by analysts and industry players, who say the event is long overdue, especially in light of Africa slipping down world connectedness rankings. Communications minister Dina Pule said on Tuesday that the colloquium had been

Full review of SA’s ICT policies on the cards

Communications minister Dina Pule will host a national information and communications technology (ICT) policy colloquium later this month to review all of government’s policies governing the sector since 1994. It is being billed as the first comprehensive review of government ICT policy since the ANC took office in 1994

LTE spectrum: MTN wants ‘interim relief’

MTN SA urgently requires access to spectrum bands that will allow it to build a commercial network using next-generation long-term evolution (LTE) technology and MD Karel Pienaar believes the operator should be given early access ahead of a formal spectrum licensing process by the Independent Communications

Icasa puts 4G spectrum licensing on hold

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) has decided to postpone the licensing of “high-demand spectrum” in the coveted 800MHz and 2,6GHz radio frequency bands “until further notice” to ensure a forthcoming policy direction from communications minister Dina Pule is taken into

SABC gets new finance chief

Gugu Duda has been appointed as the new chief financial officer of the SABC, communications minister Dina Pule announced on Wednesday. “Ms Duda has the relevant qualifications, skills, capabilities and experience required for the position,” the communications ministry said in a statement. She would take up the

Pule intervenes over SABC top post

The SABC has been asked to suspend its search for a chief operating officer, the communication ministry said on Monday. Communications minister Dina Pule had made the request to the board after reading a newspaper report on the process being followed to fill the position, said ministry spokesman Siyabulela Qoza

SA to postpone launch of digital TV

Government will not meet its self-imposed deadline of April 2012 to switch on digital terrestrial television, says communications minister Dina Pule, who now expects services will be only be launched commercially in the third quarter of the year. Pule was speaking

Drive on to reach the poor – Pule

The drive is on to give the poor in rural areas access to communication services, communications minister Dina Pule said on Tuesday. “Our aim is to bridge the rural-urban divide by 2020 with the help of the state-owned enterprises, such as [state-owned signal distributor] Sentech and the Universal Service

Mokhobo to take SABC hot seat

Lulama Mokhobo has been appointed the SABC’s new group CEO, communications minister Dina Pule said on Monday. The appointment, for five years, is with immediate effect. Mokhobo, who replaces acting CEO Robin Nicholson at the troubled

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