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Bapela reaffirms 2013 digital migration deadline

The department of communications is determined that SA will meet a self-imposed deadline of switching off analogue television broadcasts by December 2013. Deputy communications minister Obed Bapela says “notwithstanding recent

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Extent of Rica abuse not yet known

Government is yet to know the extent by which the costly Rica process was abused by fraudsters who sold pre-registered Sim cards to consumers. “We will engage with all the service providers in terms of how big the problem

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Rica worth it despite costs, gov’t insists

Despite costing the telecommunications industry hundreds of millions of rand, government says the Sim card registration process was worth it and is already helping fight crime. MTN alone confirms it has spent R250m on the

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Operators make progress as Rica deadline nears

With just a day left before mobile operators are forced to switch off customers that haven’t registered their Sim cards, only Telkom’s 8ta has completed the process. Deputy communications minister Obed Bapela said on Wednesday

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Special podcast: Padayachie press conference

After meeting with technology industry leaders on Friday, communications minister Roy Padayachie held a press conference with selected executives who participated in the discussion. Here is the podcast

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Who was invited to Padayachie roundtable

Communications minister Roy Padayachie hosted technology industry leaders at a roundtable on Friday to discuss ways of growing the sector and creating jobs. Here’s who attended the event

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Hundreds of millions for rural IT centres

Government will build 18 information and communications technology (ICT) hubs, two in each of SA’s nine provinces, over the next year as a way of bringing technology to SA’s rural poor. The plan, which will cost

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‘Hands off our fund’

Telecommunications operators say the Universal Service Fund should be used exclusively for telecommunications services in underserviced areas and should not be tapped by broadcasters for digital set-top box

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Broadcasters left in digital limbo

Cabinet on Wednesday discussed the issue of which standard SA will adopt for digital terrestrial television broadcasting. Curiously, however, no reference was made to the issue in Thursday’s cabinet statement

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Padayachie wants local loop unbundled

Newly appointed communications minister Roy Padayachie wants to ensure the “local loop”, the so-called “last mile” of copper cables that connect consumers to Telkom’s network, is unbundled within 12 months.