Oct 03, 2011
SA needs to make ‘right’ spectrum choices − MinisterBack
© Reuse this
Speaking at the International Institute of Communications (IIC) 2011 conference, in Johannesburg, he said a number of developed and developing countries have made significant strides in aligning their spectrum licensing policies with national development imperatives.
All South African households would require set–top boxes as the country migrated from analogue broadcasting to digital broadcasting by December 2013. The benefits of digital technology would be that it would release spectrum.
Spectrum is viewed as a valuable and limited commodity and is currently allocated by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa. A large portion of spectrum naturally goes to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and State-owned Sentech.
Padayachie added that government has also noted trends towards the licensing of open access network providers in a number of countries.
“If implemented correctly, open access networks will help us fast track the rollout of broadband in under-serviced areas,” he explained.
As such, he believed that the IIC had a strategic role to play in ensuring that workable models were developed to build pro-competitive open access models.
Meanwhile, Padayachie said that the seventeenth United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties, or COP 17, which kicks of in Durban, later this year, would provide the necessary opportunity to also define the role of information and communication technology (ICT) in climate change.
“We need to start rethinking practical interventions to increase the uptake of green technologies across the world. To do this, South Africa has to increase its investment in research and development through active collaboration with research and academic institutions throughout the world,” he said.
The ICT sector should provide the required platform for the communication of messages around climate change, he said.
Meanwhile, Padayachie alluded to the threat of cyber security and called for collaboration between individuals, organisations and governments to eliminate the challenge.
He said decisions regarding Internet governance, cyber security and the future of the Internet could not just be the “preserve of the powerful and dominant vested interests”.
Further, the consequences of the skewed distribution of information technology between and within countries would, in the long term, result in negative consequences for the global economy, Padayachie said.
“We can not easily compartmentalise problems as exclusive problems of particular regions. Over the years, globalisation has become a reality and it does not seem like there is turning back.”
Edited by: Mariaan Webb© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Video News
Updated 1 hour 21 minutes ago The International Monetary Fund foresees large financing needs next year in the three West African countries hardest hit by the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. "The outlook for the Ebola-hit countries has worsened, with large financing needs likely for 2015," IMF...
Updated 1 hour 45 minutes ago Over the past 20 years, there has been persistent concern about deindustrialisation in South Africa, as well as locally produced manufactured products having been increasingly displaced by imports. The very future of manufacturing has been called into question,...
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
In the next 20 years, it was expected that, in Africa, more people would live in cities and towns than in rural areas, United Nations Habitat executive director Dr Aisa Kirabo Kacyira said at the Human Settlements Indaba that took place earlier this month in...
Tough-talking Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has committed government to building 1.5-million low-cost houses over the next five years, telling the Human Settlements Indaba in Johannesburg on Wednesday that the State would achieve this target through the...
Over the past 20 years there has been persistent concern about deindustrialisation in South Africa, as well as the fact that locally produced manufactured products have been increasingly displaced by imports.
Financial agreement for Ghanian independent power producer (IPP) Cenpower Generation Company’s $900-million, 350 MW combined-cycle gas-turbine power plant was finalised earlier this month, paving the way for the project’s construction to begin before 2015 in Tema,...
The revenue implications for South Africa of ‘base erosion and profit shifting’ by corporate taxpayers are firmly in the crosshairs of the Davis Tax Committee (DTC) and Judge Dennis Davis hinted last week that recommendations were being considered to “detect and...