Document: Representations By Salga In Response To Government Gazette No 33467, Vol. 542, 17 August 2010. General Notice: 807 Icasa Act (13/2000)

Description

Response Context (Extract from Presentation)

  • South Africa’s currently liberalised telecommunication landscape shows that local demand is often not enough to attract broadband carriers to all regions of the country
  • Much of the South Africa’s economic activity is only concentrated in 6 Metros and 21 Secondary Cities. There are high disparities between urban and rural economies
  • This also reflected in the levels of US/UA and supporting broadband infrastructure

Slide 1 ICT Household Penetration

Slide 2 ICT Household Pentration 2009

  • Research* in 2008 on municipal connectivity highlighted that:
    • Of the 283 municipalities about 3 in 51 themselves use Leased Lines. While the trend is moving towards broadband with only approximately a third of municipalities on Broadband (such as ADSL, Wireless Broadband or Virtual Private Networks).
  • The reason many municipalities remain on dial-up, or basic Digital Network (ISDN) services for their Internet connection is due to the very limited access and availability of affordable broadband.
  • From a Local Government’s perspective it is imperative that all municipalities are enabled and empowered through the provision of broadband for their own internal-use but also for the opportunities broadband can bring as a socio-economic enabler within their local economies
  • It is ultimately a factor supporting improved service delivery 
  • Encouraged by the drive from multiple sectors within National Government on the importance for all spheres of government of to play a role in access to ICT’s, especially broadband, some local governments have proactively invested resources of their own in establishing broadband networks
  • There are however challenges in:
    • Defining the role of local government in facilitating the access particularly in rural areas
    • The limited ICT capacity and awareness within Local Government

Table of Contents

  • Response Context
  • Position on USAO
  • Legislative and Regulatory Issues
  • Implementation Issues
  • General Comments / Additions
Cover: Representations By Salga In Response To Government Gazette No 33467, Vol. 542, 17 August 2010. General Notice: 807 Icasa Act (13/2000)