Document: LGICT Info Sheet #78b: APPROACHES TO MANAGING TELECOMMUNICATION INFRASTRUCTURE IN CITIES AND TOWNS
1. Much of South Africa remains unconnected / serviced which makes the roll out of the telecommunications infrastructure is national priority and a national focus on rapid deployment (and sharing) of electronic communications network infrastructure.
2. In the prevailing global ICT discourse, much hype has been built around the concept of Broadband as a unique ICT product, service or technology. The reality is that broadband is not, or should not, be perceived as a product in its own right, especially in the context of development via ICT’s.
3. The primary purpose of ICTs is to foster the sharing of information and knowledge amongst humans for human development. Human Development has been defined by the United Nations system, and accepted and adopted by all nations, as ―a process of enlarging people’s choices and building human capabilities (the range of things people can be and do), enabling them to: live a long and healthy life; have access to knowledge; have a decent standard of living; and participate in the life of their community and the decisions that affect their lives.