Document: ICASA has published list of under-serviced areas - open for comments

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The Independent Communication Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has published a list of under-serviced areas for comment (dated 6th October). Comments are due 28 Oct 2011. 

An under-serviced area is where there is no infrastructure at all, where the infrastructure is not sufficient to carry communication services, or where the communication infrastructure does not reach or benefit the whole community

From the Notice: An "Under-serviced Area" is any area within a local or district municipality in which:

  1. no electronic communications network has been constructed; or 
  2. an electronic communications network has been constructed,  but where there is no, or  limited coverage in inhabited parts of  the area, or 
  3. an  electronic communications  network  has been  constructed,  but over which no,  or  limited electronic communications services or  broadcasting services are being provided

 

 

 

 

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“The availability of low-cost network services and bandwidth in these currently under-serviced areas has the potential to revolutionise the participation of marginalised communities in the mainstream economy while securing the future of these communities through the delivery of educational and e-Government services,” Dominic Cull, ISPA’s Regulatory Advisor

Douglas Cohen
SALGA National office
Specialist: Economic Development (ICT)
Tel: 012 369 8012
Email: dcohen@salga.org.za
 

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These definitions will likely lead to a list of under-serviced areas potentially eligible for payments from the Universal Service and Access Fund (USAF), and a determination of the types of needy persons to whom USAF assistance may be provided. USAASA collects 0.02% of annual turnover from telecommunications operators as part of the Universal Service and Access Fund, to increase universal access to the poorer segments of society. The Universal Service and Access Fund (USAF) has as much R1bn in its coffers — and possible even more. The money is meant to be used to facilitate the roll-out of telecommunications infrastructure in under-serviced and rural parts of SA, but has remained largely untapped for years.

Douglas Cohen
SALGA National office
Specialist: Economic Development (ICT)
Tel: 012 369 8012
Email: dcohen@salga.org.za
 

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While the overall strategy is focused on achieving the optimal uptake and usage of ICTs amongst rural communities where ICT penetration tends to be low comparative to urban areas there are challenges - There has been little co-ordination between the different spheres of government — national, provincial and local — and between central government departments over where investment needs to be directed. The private sector has expressed frustration that the fund is not being used effectively or sufficiently.

Douglas Cohen
SALGA National office
Specialist: Economic Development (ICT)
Tel: 012 369 8012
Email: dcohen@salga.org.za
 

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I'm normally very pro-reporting, because I use it to enhance the IT infrastructure and services within the municipality.

I gather 2 thing from this report:
1. How did they get the figures? I've never been in contact, filled in any correspondence, etc. from ICASA. So I would like to know how they can give acurate percentages?

2. In terms of the points highlighted, I completely disagree with it for our area and I am sure the neighbouring municipality will feel the same, because I know they have solid commiunication structures as well.

I might be missing the point, but I think the report is hogwash!