SA ICT policies to be reviewed - Pule

2012-06-04 17:43

Cape Town - South Africa's information and communications technology (ICT) policies are up for review, Communications Minister Dina Pule said on Monday.

"Like many other countries, we have taken a decision to review and overhaul our ICT policies. We want the policies to deliver our progressive goals of achieving universal access to broadband much faster.

"To this end, we have invited nominees to serve on the ICT policy panel of experts, a group that will work with the department to provide for policy recommendations."

Pule was speaking at the inaugural ICT Indaba in Cape Town.

She said ICT was central to the country's development, with internet alone directly contributing about two percent to economic output.

Over six million citizens had access to the internet, with much of this attributed to a growth in mobile broadband access on smartphones.

The minister said the country was using ICT to pull itself out of obscurity.

"South Africa's information technology sector is a leader in the fields of electronic banking services, pre-payment, revenue management and fraud prevention systems, and in the manufacture of set-top boxes (STBs).

"All of these technologies are successfully exported to Africa and the rest of the world."

She said the local manufacturing of set-top boxes would enhance the country's leadership position in technology and create many jobs across the continent as "factories go up to manufacture the boxes".

The STBs would be needed to receive a digital signal on old-style analogue broadcast television sets. Digital migration was expected to be completed by June 2015.

  • George - 2012-06-04 19:02

    Wonderful. Good to see a member of government wishing to lead the way to creating opportunities for the people as a whole.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-06-04 19:36

    In one breath we are a leader in making set top boxes, in the next breath factories to make these boxes are still being built! Go ask Namibia about 4G

      jeanpierre.dumont - 2012-06-04 21:09

      Namibia has a population of 1m people with about 100,000 people living in Windhoek that would even be interested in using 4G. Easy to rollout a network like that.

  • reinhardt.moller - 2012-06-04 19:41

    And this just after the Telkom/Korean Telecom deal went sour? Serious thought should be given to strategic partnerships in achieving such opportunistic ICT goals...

      bernpm - 2012-06-04 20:19

      We do not need Korea to take the profit we can invest in SA. Just have to tame Telkom and teach them to work as well as stopping ICASA to keep Telkom from moving forward by restrictive regulations. The trio Telkom, Icasa and Dept of Coms have been the stranglehold on progress in ICT. Telkom should be released from holding "the last mile" and forcing IT services suppliers to "buy" network access from Telkom. Hope this minister is serious.

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-06-04 19:45

    One question: Why must users of broadband pay so much to Telkom? What is so magical or difficult that Telkom is entitled to so much?

  • jonathan.maree.1 - 2012-06-04 20:21

    Get Hellkom to drop ADSL line prices!!! They are the single biggest obstacle to internet growth in SA

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