Browsing: Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri

Duncan McLeod
Don’t do it, Sentech

State-owned Sentech is reviving plans to build a national broadband network. It wants a second chance and is promising to do things differently this time. However, as much as Sentech’s heart is in the right place, government must not allow it.

Candice Jones
Put a stop to digital TV nonsense

It’s been almost six months since Southern Africa’s broadcasting industry was thrown into turmoil over the department of communications decision to review the standard SA should use for digital television migration. And with the clock ticking

Ivo Vegter
Euthanase Sentech

The latest example of a moribund state-owned enterprise is Sentech. It was once the signal distribution arm of the SABC, but was separated from its parent broadcaster when e-tv was licenced. It was encouraged to expand its lines of business by the former communications minister, Poison

Opinion
A shift in momentum

As a regulator, there is need to pause and take stock, determining to what extent the socioeconomic policy objectives have been advanced. In this regard one has to take into cognisance the regulatory toolkit, which includes the licensing process, ensuring competition, enforcing universal service obligations and facilitating the equitable and meritocratic allocation of scarce frequency resources

Duncan McLeod
Time to unbundle the local loop

SA consumers got their first taste of a broadband price war last week when a small Internet service provider, Afrihost, slashed the price of bandwidth to below cost. It’s a promising start, but matters little until Telkom is forced to open its network to rivals. It was a ballsy move. Last week, Afrihost cut the cost of fixed-line bandwidth on broadband digital subscriber lines to just R29/GB. To put that in perspective, the average selling price for this type of bandwidth has, until now, been R50-R70/GB

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