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SA slipping from continent's digital rankings

11 May 2012, 10:35

The South African Minister of Communications, Dinah Pule, has been in the news lately, announcing government's resolve to ensure 100% broadband penetration by 2020. I commend Minister Pule’s vision, and I hope that she will stay long enough in office to see this happening.

A recent article by Steve Song put things in perspective regarding reasons why South Africa is heading for the digital technology doldrums. Part of Minister Pule’s challenge will be pushing for liberalization of the South African mobile market, which has effectively become a duopoly, so as to drive costs of access down.  

In making the point about the country's slip from the digital technology rankings, I posted an article late in 2011 where I compared its broadband costs with those of Kenya, and I was shocked at the pricing disparity. Click here for more about my findings.

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