Browsing: Roy Padayachie

Padayachie takes issue with deputy’s BBM comments

Communications minister Roy Padayachie has downplayed recent statements by his deputy, Obed Bapela, that government may seek to allow law enforcement agencies, through the courts, to get access to the records of people using the popular BlackBerry Messenger

Gov’t to help ease fibre roll-out

The department of communications will meet with local and provincial governments in November to finalise guidelines to facilitate the deployment of fibre-optic cables by the private sector in the country’s cities and towns. Deputy communications

High-level event to tackle key issues

The International Institute of Communications’ annual telecommunications conference takes place in Johannesburg in a month’s time and this year’s event is crammed full of high-level speakers from business, government and regulatory agencies. The event, for which

Duncan McLeod
Now let’s go rural

The department of communications is working on a number of long overdue projects that could have a profound impact on the technology sector. If it delivers on its new approach, SA has a good chance of building a more competitive

Gov’t wants to license new telecoms operators

The department of communications wants to use the sale of radio frequency spectrum in “high-demand bands” to facilitate the entrance of new infrastructure competitors in SA’s telecommunications industry. “We should allow licensees

Duncan McLeod
Beyond just talk?

Rustenburg was the scene last weekend of a summit involving technology industry CEOs and communications minister Roy Padayachie. The industry agreed to expand Internet access to all and find ways of creating 1m new jobs in nine years. At face value

TalkCentral: Episode 47 – ‘Helicopter view’

The TechCentral team brings you a special edition of the TalkCentral podcast this week in which we interview communications minister Roy Padayachie about growth and job creation in SA’s technology industry. We poll the minister on a plan

Protas Phili is new Sentech finance chief

Sentech has appointed Protas Phili as its new chief financial officer. He was appointed by communications minister Roy Padayachie for a five-year term beginning on 1 August. Phili is a chartered accountant who also holds a

Craig Wilson
Is Telkom risking the wrath of Roy?

Communications minister Roy Padayachie has said in no uncertain terms that he wants to see Telkom’s local loop of copper cables unbundled by November. But it appears the operator intends doing everything in its not inconsiderable

Duncan McLeod
Wake up, Telkom

Telkom’s new mobile operator, 8ta, last week introduced a mobile broadband special offer that deeply undercuts its parent’s own fixed-line broadband prices. It’s a bizarre situation that underscores Telkom’s lack of a coherent long-term

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