Sep 03, 2013
Broadband collaboration needs new approachBack
Engineering|Africa|FibreCo Telecommunications|Southern Africa Telecommunications Networks|Africa|South Africa|Media-rich Platform|Service|Social Applications|Text Technologies|Infrastructure|Marius Mostert|Power|Southern Africa|Broadband|Text Technologies
© Reuse this
With the themes of the Southern Africa Telecommunications Networks and Applications Conference (Satnac) over the past decade having instigated comprehensive discussions surrounding “broadband for all” and “digital inclusion” on several occasions, Mostert believed that these discussions were “preaching to the converted”.
Since 2002, the conference had covered issues relating to the digital divide and extending technology, engineering and applications, and communications, to “fuel the future”.
In 2005, convergence – and whether technology could deliver it – had been analysed, followed by next-generation service and network access as key enablers in 2006.
Technologies that deliver “any service, anywhere, at any time”, regulations and policies and a future society enabled by innovation and applications followed over the years, culminating in discussions around the power of social communication, universal broadband and the so-called “Internet of things” by 2012.
Broadband and digital inclusion emerged again during the 2013 Satnac, held in Stellenbosch this week.
“So why are we still talking about broadband and digital inclusion?” he questioned, when the country had moved from simple information-sharing platforms, to content-rich social applications, and evolved from simple voice and text technologies to media-rich platforms.
In the past decade, South Africa had also shifted from dial-up connections, to “always on” high-speed network connections.
“We have gone through this; we should be looking at this across the value chain, right from the person connected, to the devices [through to] the networks. We need to be more creative in [developing a] sustainable business model.
“We have advanced from a technological perspective; no doubt [a result] of what we have discussed at the conference over the past few years,” he mused, quipping that, “Everything we have been preaching at the conference [over the past ten years] has been addressed, so maybe we should preach to others”.
He recommended engaging leadership involved in the industry, including heads of business, the government, the regulator and policymakers, to advance future developments together and to coordinate efforts and enabling policies.
Collaboration was required to establish the required infrastructure to deliver broadband in underserved regions, as the task could not remain the responsibility of individual companies guided by purely economic principles.
“Common or shared infrastructure at all levels of the network is inevitable,” he said, adding that collaboration should occur without destroying market forces.
Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other ICT News
Updated 2 hours 4 minutes ago Government aimed to fast-track certain “fast-growing” infrastructure programmes, despite cutting back on expenditure over the next few years, the 2014 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) revealed on Wednesday. The MTBPS, released by new Finance Minister...
Updated 10 minutes ago Development financier Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) on Tuesday reported a stable balance sheet for the 2013/14 financial year, boasting a net asset value of R1-billion at year-end. Speaking at the financier’s performance results at the ECDC headquarters...
Updated 31 minutes ago Failed South African lender African Bank Investments (Abil) is likely to re-list on the stock exchange early next year, and its government supervision will be concluded without the use of taxpayer money, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Wednesday. The central...
Updated 46 minutes ago Department of Trade and Industry export promotion and marketing chief director Zanele Sanni has invited manufacturing and advanced manufacturing companies from Shenzhen, China, to invest in South Africa, noting that Chinese investors could also access the additional...
Recent Research Reports
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
This Week's Magazine
The broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) alignment process in the con-struction sector has begun, dur-ing which the sector codes of the Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC) will be aligned with the revised Codes of Good Practice (CoGP), which come...
It is second time lucky for Toby Venter. Ten years ago he negotiated to buy the Kyalami racetrack, but “the deal did not materialise”.
Environmental solutions company I-Cat started construction work on its R22-million, 1 949 m2 environmentally sustainable office and warehouse facility, commissioned by I-CAT Environmental Solutions, at a launch event in October. The new sustainable I-CAT campus,...
Effective file synchronisation and sharing across an organisation’s structures can provide the basis for robust mobile-device and document management while maintaining proper backup, version control and content distribution. These are the lessons learned by complex...
Hotel group Carlson Rezidor currently holds the largest hotel pipeline in Africa with 30 hotels and 6 300 rooms under development. The hotel group develops and operates Radisson Blu in the upper upscale segment and Park Inn by Radisson in the mid-market segment. With...