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Digital migration delayed to 2017

South Africa may have to wait until 2017 to complete its migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television, missing the mid-2015 deadline government agreed to with the International Telecommunication

New twist in set-top box saga

With just four months to go until the deadline to switch off analogue television broadcasts, the digital migration programme may be about to be thrown into disarray once again. This is after a report on Wednesday that says that communications

Usaasa tears into DA over tender claims

The Universal Service & Access Agency of South Africa (Usaasa) has torn into the Democratic Alliance over “unfortunate and sensational” claims by the party questioning the digital television set-top box tender process the agency has embarked on. Earlier on Tuesday

DA mulls legal action over set-top boxes

The Democratic Alliance may take legal action over a multibillion-rand government tender for the supply of as many as 5m set-top boxes for digital terrestrial television. “The DA is concerned that in a rushed attempt to partially meet the

TalkCentral: Ep 114 – ‘TV licence, please’

In this week’s episode of TalkCentral, your hosts Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg talk about MTN’s aggressive expansion plans in the enterprise IT market, including its plans to make acquisitions. Also in this week’s podcast, your

Usaasa sets out set-top box subsidy plan

The Universal Service & Access Agency of South Africa (Usaasa), the government agency tasked with bridging South Africa’s digital divide, has provided details of those who will qualify for a subsidy when buying a set-top box for watching digital terrestrial television. The subsidies proposed range from

Infraco reports reduced R143m loss

Broadband Infraco, the state-owned company created by the department of public enterprises in the mid-2000s to challenge Telkom’s then absolute monopoly in national telecommunications infrastructure, has reported a loss of R143m for the year to March 2014. This is a slight

Usaasa staffer out over alleged graft

A senior staff member at the Universal Service and Access Agency of SA (Usaasa) has been suspended for alleged corruption and maladministration, the state-owned entity said on Wednesday. “The allegations border on financial misconduct which is a very

New political home for State IT Agency

Government’s centralised IT services and technology procurement organisation, the State IT Agency, will in future no longer report into the minister of public service and administration. Rather, it will in future report into the ministry of telecommunications and postal services, headed by Siyabonga Cwele. This is one of a

Usaasa hits out at SIU

The Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (Usaasa), the body charged with developing communications technology infrastructure in underserviced parts of the country, has slammed the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) over its probe of the appointment of the agency’s CEO, Zami Nkosi. In a statement, Usaasa

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