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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

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

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

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

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