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South Africa is finally edging towards the much-awaited allocation of high demand spectrum, with Icasa revealing that it plans to release licencing criteria by year end.
In an opinion piece, Telkom Group CEO Sipho Maseko has slammed Treasury's proposed reforms in the ICT sector, particularly the roll-out of spectrum, as being 'ill-thought-out'.
Mobile data prices in South Africa are higher than in many other countries in Africa and elsewhere. The quick release of spectrum could change that – but continued indecision by policymakers leaves consumers with costly data bills and hinders economic growth.
The Competition Commission has hailed gazetting of government's policy on high demand spectrum, saying the development was a critical step towards realising lower data costs for South African consumers.
Vodacom and MTN, the country's two biggest mobile-phone providers, have long been demanding the opportunity to bid for new spectrum to extend high-speed internet to new customers and increase data revenue.
Government is abandoning direct involvement with the set-top box programme, and is phasing out to a "market/retail" approach instead.
Vodacom Group chief technology officer Andries Delport says South Africa needs more spectrum to expand high speed internet access coverage in rural areas.
The first phase of the analogue switch-off and migration to digital broadcasting will start with analogue signals being switched off in the Northen Cape.
Minister Siyabonga Cwele's bid to interdict and set aside a planned spectrum auction for high-speed broadband in South Africa has been upheld by the North Gauteng High Court.
MTN has decreased voice and data tariffs by 58% and 73% respectively in the last five years, despite an increase in costs due to a struggling economy, the company has told Parliament.
The first draft of the Presidential Commission's blueprint on the Fourth Industrial Revolution is expected to be released in October, according to Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.
Mobile operators have long blamed the lack of spectrum for high data prices.
The Black IT Forum has urged government to prioritise small, medium and micro enterprises over multibillion-rand corporations in the roll out high-speed spectrum in the country.
South Africa has some of the most expensive data in the world.
Why is data in South Africa so expensive? Why does it 'expire'? And is there anything that anyone can do about it? Fin24 unpacks the issues in the first of this four-part series that will be published daily this week on the cost of data in SA.
South Africa hasn't managed to sort out how to allocate the radio frequency spectrum necessary for next-generation broadband cellphone services – so the first commercial 5G service in Africa just went live in the tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho.
South Africa’s biggest mobile network by subscribers, Vodacom, has criticised government’s ICT policy white paper, which was released to the public late last year.
South Africa’s government has no intention of running a mobile network in the country, says Telecoms Minister Siyabonga Cwele.
The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) is trying to keep its controversial auction of prime radio frequency spectrum on track, despite the department of telecommunications and postal services’ court challenge.
The communications minister has been hauled over the coals by her own party who told her that her management of the digital migration project was "found wanting".
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