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How to fix the ICT policy white paper

How to fix the ICT policy white paper

The department of telecommunications & postal services’s new director-general, Robert Nkuna, is going to have no time to ease gently into his new office in Hatfield, Pretoria. Indeed, he’s going to have to hit the ground running. The former councillor at

ANC has left a rotten legacy in ICT

ANC has left a rotten legacy in ICT

The publication this week of the deeply problematic national integrated ICT policy white paper is just the latest episode in 22 years of ANC policy making that has left a rotten legacy for the sector. The industry has made progress in the

Gov’t playing Russian Roulette with ICT sector

Gov’t playing Russian Roulette with ICT sector

Government’s plans for shaking up the management of radio frequency spectrum in South Africa could backfire badly, crimping investment and harming consumers. It’s a risk that’s too big to take. The department of

A tale of six ministers

A tale of six ministers

It all started in the late noughties, I think around 2006 or 2007, when the former communications minister, the late Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri – a former chairwoman of the SABC – declared that South Africa would complete

On Zuma, broadband and policy failure

On Zuma, broadband and policy failure

President Jacob Zuma has drawn criticism for his failure to deal meaningfully with broadband roll-out in his 2016 state of the nation address delivered in parliament on Thursday evening. Throughout his more than hour-long speech, the

MTN fine is a state-sanctioned mugging

MTN fine is a state-sanctioned mugging

It’s time to call the situation South African telecommunications group MTN is facing in Nigeria what it really is: a state-sanctioned mugging. The Nigerian government, through its communications commission, is pointing a gun at MTN’s head, demanding that it hand

What prompted Vodacom, Neotel rethink?

What prompted Vodacom, Neotel rethink?

Something significant transpired on Friday last week that prompted South Africa’s largest telecommunications operator, Vodacom, to review the structure of its acquisition of Neotel, a

Lessons for SA from the WEF report

Lessons for SA from the WEF report

It is hugely encouraging to see South Africa rising up the World Economic Forum’s latest global competitive rankings as a result of the strides the country has made in getting more people onto the Internet

SA telcos betting big on broadband

SA telcos betting big on broadband

The South African economy may be teetering on the brink of a recession, but that isn’t keeping the country’s telecommunications operators from ramping up their capital spending. Telkom, Vodacom, MTN and Cell C, along with a host of smaller players, are all gearing up to make

Did commission err on Telkom, MTN deal?

Did commission err on Telkom, MTN deal?

Did the Competition Commission do the right thing in seeking to block – in the process scuppering – the network sharing deal between Telkom and MTN? On the surface, it appears it was the right move for consumers, but dig a little deeper and one has to question whether the

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