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DA voices concern over TV box tenders

The Democratic Alliance has called on communications minister Faith Muthambi to ensure there is transparency in the awarding of tenders to manufacture set-top boxes for South Africa’s digital terrestrial television migration project. In a statement on Sunday, DA MP

Usaasa lashes DA over set-top box claims

The Universal Service & Access Agency of South Africa, the body responsible for issuing tenders for the manufacturing of up to 5m government-subsidised digital television set-top boxes, has lashed out at Democratic Alliance MP Marian Shinn for “casting aspersions” on one of

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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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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