The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency) and Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) will convene a Southern African Internet Governance Forum (SAIGF) from 1-3 September 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) says it plans to block some messaging and Web services on BlackBerry smartphones.
The announcement, which comes days after the country warned the device could pose a potential threat to national security and social values, will see BlackBerry messaging, e-mail and web browsing services suspended starting October 11.
The government has singled out BlackBerry, and not other phones that can access e-mail and the Web, because the devices automatically send users' data to servers overseas, where local laws do not apply.
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) could face legal action if it does not reconsider its decision to give companies just three weeks to apply for the new digital mobile television service licence.
The latest comes after black-owned Mobile TV Consortium wrote to ICASA chairperson, Paris Mashile, objecting to the 7 May deadline.
The government is finalising the amendment of legislation governing the telecommunications regulator in order to resolve the tension between the organisation’s council and its management.
Tension has long existed between the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (ICASA) councilors and its management, headed by CE Karabo Motlana, because of a lack of clarity about their different roles and responsibilities.
A study conducted by technology research and strategy organisation, World Wide Worx in collaboration with Cisco, has found that Internet via broadband connections increased by more than 50 percent in the past year.
The study found that the number of South Africans accessing the Internet via broadband connections has increased by more than 50 percent in the past year.
It also shows that the Internet Access in South Africa 2010 study, found that wireless broadband has grown almost three times as fast as fixed line broadband in South Africa.
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has issued a discussion document aimed at implementing a regulatory framework for Internet protocol television (IPTV).
Steven Ambrose, an analyst at World Wide Worx, says the IPTV could be a nonstarter until there is broadband access and also fibre to homes and gated areas.
“Few people in South Africa have access to high-speed Internet at home. The current high-speed Internet service is not good enough for IPTV. There should be uncapped bandwidth for IPTV,” explains Ambrose.
The Botswana Thetha ICT Discussion Forum will be held on 10 March 2010 at the Gaborone Sun in Gaborone, Botswana.
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has hinted that it could take on cellphone operators over ‘astronomical’ pay-as-you-go rates.
ICASA chairperson, Paris Mashile, told Parliament's portfolio committee on communications that there is an urgent need for competition in the pay-as-you-go market, which is used mainly by the poor.
Mashile pointed out that, "This is an area we have got to delve into and find out what we have to do to make it competitive, in terms of the prices coming down."
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has approved a cut in the rate charged by the three main cellphone operators to connect calls between networks.
Vodacom, MTN and Cell C last month filed an agreement with ICASA proposing a cut in the peak interconnection rate from R1.25 to 89 cents on March 1.
ICASA rejected the plan because it would have forced it to agree to a fixed gradual reduction over three years.
A drop in interconnection tariffs is long overdue. This is according to telecommunications group, Neotel.
Neotel spokesperson, Wandile Zote, points out that, "This drop will go a long way in alleviating pressure for the consumer and is a step in the right direction."
Zote states that Neotel fully supports the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa's regulatory process under section 10 of the Electronic Communications Act and trust that this will mean a further drop in interconnection rates.