I let out a cynical laugh while watching President Cyril Ramaphosa deliver his state of the nation address in parliament on Thursday evening. By Duncan McLeod.
Communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said on Tuesday that government is pressing ahead with a plan to merge state-owned enterprises Broadband Infraco and Sentech to form a state infrastructure company.
South Africa’s digital television migration project has once again come unstuck. Is it time to give up on the project altogether? By Duncan McLeod.
South Africa will complete its digital migration project by 2022 at the earliest, the acting government director-general with operational oversight of the project said in an exclusive interview with TechCentral.
Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has withdrawn the appointment of Newyear Ntuli as administrator of Usaasa, the government agency responsible for bridging the digital divide in South Africa, just seven days after she announced it.
The State IT Agency and Usaasa are to be run by administrators while they are restructured and their mandates reconfigured.
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.
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.