Access to data will increase, and prices will fall, only if government gets out of the way and allows companies to have more spectrum and compete more freely. By Christo Hattingh.
Browsing: Nomvula Mokonyane
Communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has promised – like so many of her predecessors – to fast-track South Africa’s migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television. Will this time be different?
The planned merger of the departments of communications and telecommunications & postal services was “gaining traction”, with senior staff urged to work quickly to conclude the “configuration”.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced major changes to his cabinet that will have a direct bearing on South Africa’s telecommunications and broadcasting industries.
The current board and CEO of the SABC are the strongest the public broadcaster has had in at least 15 years. They should be left to get on with the job of repairing the damage caused by their predecessors.
Communications minister Nomvula Mokonyane said the delays in digital migration are a concern as they are proving costly for government and industry.
A process called “digital restacking” could take up to two years to complete, delaying the allocation of prime radio frequency spectrum to telecommunications operators to 2022.
Communications minister Nomvula Mokonyane said government has set July 2020 as the firm and final deadline by which time analogue terrestrial television broadcasts must be switched off.
Usaasa will complete the distribution of all manufactured set-top boxes, satellite dishes and aerials but not be involved in procuring any further devices for South Africa’s digital television migration project.
In the latest episode of TalkCentral, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about the seemingly better news on ICT emerging from government.