South African ICT Policy Criticised

The SA’s government's ICT plans could be doing immense long-term damage to the country’s economy, warns Fairweather

According to an article titled, ‘Government's ICT policy is slowly strangling SA’ by Alistair Fairweather, the South African government's information and communications technology (ICT) plans could be doing immense long-term damage to the country’s economy.

Fairweather argues that while the Department of Communications has good priorities, making broadband a priority is meaningless unless you make radio spectrum reallocation an equally important priority.

“The cheapest, fastest and most practical way to bring broadband to South Africa's widely dispersed population is wirelessly, but the country's wireless operators are struggling to service the market using existing spectrum allocations,” explains Fairweather.

To read the article titled, “Government's ICT policy is slowly strangling SA,” click here.

Source: 
Mail & Guardian

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