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Marian Shinn
Digital TV migration in chaos

It was clear from the department of communications’ briefing to parliament on Tuesday that digital terrestrial television migration is a never-ending project with an undetermined cost to taxpayers

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Infraco told to get ready for sale

State-owned fibre-optic telecommunications infrastructure provider Broadband Infraco has been directed by government to undertake a valuation exercise in preparation for its possible sale, the department

Duncan McLeod
E.tv bid could delay digital migration

Just as South Africa’s broadcasting digital migration project looked to be making solid progress for the first time in years, one of the protagonists in the long-running war over the encryption of TV signals is unleashing its lawyers, potentially setting the process back by

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Set-top box winners named

The names of 26 bidding organisations that have each won a piece of South Africa’s R4,3bn set-top box tender have finally been revealed by the state agency tasked with the project. Last week

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Set-top box tender shrouded in mystery

The Universal Service & Access Agency of South Africa (Usaasa) has apparently finalised the winning bidders for the set-top box tender process, but confusion reigns over how the process will work from

Opinion
From Carrim to Cwele, a disconnect

Yunus Carrim’s appointment as minister of communications in July 2013 was greeted with apprehension. The avowed communist’s expertise lay with the local government sector. He knew nothing about technology. In fact, he joked at the time that he barely knew

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Usaasa slams ‘junior’ Mokoetle over TV remarks

The Universal Service & Access Agency of South Africa has slammed remarks by the department of communications’ head of digital migration, Solly Mokoetle, that the agency’s tender process for television set-top boxes was flawed and could be taken away from

In-depth
Usaasa may lose set-top box project

The man tasked with running South Africa’s digital migration project at the department of communications, Solly Mokoetle, says the Universal Service & Access Agency of South Africa has jumped the gun by launching a multibillion-rand tender before a final policy

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Muthambi, Cwele no-shows in parliament

A joint sitting in parliament on digital migration was packed to the rafters this morning. But the stars of the show, communications minister Faith Muthambi and telecommunications & postal services minister Siyabonga Cwele, failed to appear. Their deputies

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Concern over set-top box decision

Cabinet’s decision to provide free set-top boxes to 5m poor South Africans does not go far enough, two public broadcasting advocacy groups have said. Media Monitoring Africa and the SOS Coalition say government should have required that

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