Policy direction in relation to 5G must be issued by December 2021

Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams Minister of Communications in South Africa | Member of African National Congress (ANC)

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Communications and Digital Technologies SOEs merge: https://tinyurl.com/yc8pcblv

Extract:

The performance agreement with the President is legally binding and will be used for measuring the success of the department. Targets in the agreement include the following:

  • Eighty percent of the population must have access to the internet by 2024.
  • Policy direction in relation to 5G must be issued by December 2021.
  • A reduction in the cost of data must be achieved.
  • Monitoring of ICASA and ensuring that the regulator is adequately resource to license 4G spectrum.
  • Repositioning of the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) to drive the use of local technologies.
  • Completion of decoder rollout and switching off analogue transmitters for the Broadcasting Digital Migration project by 2021, and rearranging of spectrum radio frequencies.
  • Release of special dividend by 2023.

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