SA govt fast tracks ICT programme

GOVERNMENT

|
Image: By BiztechAfrica
SA govt fast tracks ICT programme

The South African government plans to begin digital migration this year, and has finalised its national broadband programme.

The Minister of Communications, Dina Pule, said early this month, the government launched the Proof of Concept for Digital Terrestrial Television or DTT. “As we move towards digital migration let me add that Government will provide a 70% subsidy towards the cost of the Set Top Boxes or decoders to 5 million of the poorest TV-owning households. 

The specifications for the decoders include internet capability and will ensure that millions of South Africans are given a ticket to the digital age. We envisage that the commercial rollout of DTT will occur in December.” 

She added that the national Broadband Strategy and Implementation Plan had been finalised. The government planned to meet stakeholders to discuss the national broadband path before the end of this year, she said. “We remain steadfast in achieving our target of 100 percent broadband penetration by 2020.”

The Minister conceded that South Africa had been slow to respond to new opportunities presented by ICT development.

However, she highlighted the government’s moves to speed up ICT development and called on the private sector to intensify its efforts to assist in expanding the sector.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS

Airtel, Ghana Communications Ministry promote girls in ICT

Airtel Ghana has partnered the Ministry of Communication to celebrate International Telecommunication Union Girls in ICT Day.  Read More

Alcatel-Lucent, Algeria to build Orval undersea cable system

Alcatel-Lucent and the Algerian Ministry of Post, Information Technology and Communications have signed a turnkey agreement for the deployment of the Orval system, an over 560 km fiber-optic undersea cable that will link Oran in Algeria to Valencia, Spain.  Read More

Finalists announced for African Utility Week Industry Awards

The finalists have been announced for the African Utility Week Industry Awards, with the winners to be honoured at the annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa in Cape Town from 12-14 May. Read More

Four million Rwandan youth to participate in #YouthConnektMonth

Rwanda’s Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT), in collaboration with various stakeholders, is launching National YouthConnekt Month to kick off on 2 May.  Read More

Equatorial Guinea scores multiple investment agreements with Chinese companies

The Government of Equatorial Guinea has announced the signing of multiple memoranda of understanding with Chinese companies covering large areas of cooperation in the electricity and industrial sectors.  Read More

Malawi takes key step to advance digital payments

An in-depth analysis has been released of Malawi’s readiness to transition from a nearly cash-only economy to one where digital payments are widely available through an ecosystem approach.   Read More

Minister urges Rwandan girls to enter ICT careers

Rwanda’s Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, has called on Rwandan girls to take up studies and careers in ICT as these offer a chance for them to enhance their skills and tackle unemployment challenges. Read More

Rwanda ranked first globally in ICT promotion

The Global Information Technology Report (GITR) 2015 has ranked Rwanda first globally in Government Success in ICT promotion to drive social and economic transformation. Read More

Uganda NBI Phase 3 to commence

Phase 3 of Uganda’s National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure (NBI) has been approved by Government and is now set to commence. Read More

Kenyan tech development held back by corruption - Ndemo

Kenya’s development as a tech hub in East Africa is being held back by corruption and “tender-preneurs” says Dr Bitange Ndemo, former PS at the Ministry of ICT. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4Afrika

FEATURED STORY

e-commerce space untapped, says phonekings heade-commerce space untapped, says phonekings head

E-commerce is the future, says the head of a new online electronics mall launched in Nigeria. Tayo Olusanya spoke to Kokumo Goodie in Lagos.

IN DEPTH

Villagers get solar training at Barefoot College Villagers get solar training at Barefoot College

The Botswana Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) has seconded seven semi-illiterate mostly Ngwatle villagers for a six month solar electrification training course at the famed Barefoot College in India. 

COMPANY NEWS

Sage ERP Africa partners with Datalinx to offer embedded warehouse management solution

Sage ERP Africa has signed a distribution agreement with Datalinx, offering customers in Africa and the Middle East access to a range of integrated warehousing solutions.