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Operators must work with Icasa: Carrim

South Africa’s mobile telecommunications operators must cooperate with Icasa in providing the information the communications regulator needs to draw up new regulations governing call termination rates. That’s the word from communications minister

Keith Thabo
Minister, you are misleading the public

It is unfortunate that, in his rush to push through a new framework for digital migration of South African television, communications minister Yunus Carrim has resorted to rewriting history, distorting facts and again pretended that the views of the black electronics

Opinion
Absurd claims cloud set-top box debate

There has been a lot of debate in recent weeks about whether communications minister Yunus Carrim has done the right thing when it comes to South Africa’s new broadcasting policy. To back up a bit, perhaps we should explain what this debate means for ordinary South Africans. At present, televisions in South Africa receive

In-depth
Gov’t expands controversial e-rate

The controversial e-rate, where public schools pay only 50% for Internet access, is being expanded to include independent schools, public and private colleges, higher education institutions, further education and training bodies, and public health establishments. The changes are included in the Electronic Communications Amendment

In-depth
Zuma assents to new ICT laws

President Jacob Zuma has assented to amendments to two key laws that affect South Africa’s information and communications technology industry, approving changes that could have long-lasting effects on competition in the sector and the way in which

News
MultiChoice slams Icasa over probe

MultiChoice has criticised communications regulator Icasa over its decision to ask the Competition Commission to probe a “possible restrictive horizontal practice” between it and the SABC over the supply by the public broadcaster of a 24-hour news channel

Opinion
Minister sidelining black manufacturers

Two crucial constituencies have been ignored in communications minister Yunus Carrim’s rather ill-tempered response over the past few weeks to questions about his policy on the digital migration of South African television services. Instead of acknowledging the many deficiencies in the option being pursued by government

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Carrim welcomes Usaasa probe

Communication minister Yunus Carrim on Thursday welcomed a Special Investigating Unit (SIU) probe on the Universal Service & Access Agency of South Africa (Usaasa). “We welcome the SIU proclamation on Usaasa. Obviously it is regrettable, but the proclamation is absolutely necessary in view of the persistent allegations against Usaasa

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SADC moots mobile roaming scheme

Ministers of communications in the Southern Africa Development Community this week discussed a plan to introduce a “roam like a local” project for the region, allowing mobile users to roam across borders and pay lower rates. “The meeting

Duncan McLeod
Cool the invective in MultiChoice row

The war of words that erupted between MultiChoice and communications minister Yunus Carrim this week is extraordinary. It is also, unfortunately, very damaging. It is unusual in South Africa – or most countries, for that matter – for a large company to take on a cabinet minister directly, aggressively and in public like this. One has to

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