The best thing that the industry can do, is have a mass-boycott of these stupid talk shops and colloquiums. We already know that nothing will come of them. At least by boycotting them, it will create some form of publicity, which might make a small difference.
Christ isn't it obvious that they would rather not have competition/change? Why present this information in such a confusing manner. If they fought against competition after the last meeting they will probably do so again. Many people in the ANC have a vested interest in Telkom making as much money as possible. I'm not saying everybody in the ANC has this attitude, but rather that there is a difficult conflict of interests due to the gov's loose policies on mixing politics with business.
So great information in the article, but just say it like it is. No point wishing upon a star.
Fact is that over the last 5-7 years, goverment's efforts (or attempts at making an effort) have not yielded any real benefit to the masses at large.
Broadband Infraco is a white elephant that most operators have shimmied around by self provisioning their own national backbone.
Even in Metro's it's been the private sector which has made fibre available to the business market.
Neotel fired up their backbone, then Vodacom and MTN came to play as well. Dark Fibre Africa still trenches up roads around the country at a furious pace. Leaving the DoC and Telkom in their dust.
Icasa and the DoC's failures in the past are simply being mirrored yet again by this "talk shop".
At least we got the 30% price drop in IPC costs along with the MTR's (which hold no real significance yet for consumers), but LLU or bitstream access is yet again earmarked for the infamous November date range.
I think its time we, the people wanting quality telecommunication service in this country, to go on a riot and actually go bash down doors of the people responsible and demand what should be, in a threatening way. That's the only way they will listen. And I mean all of them. From the DoC, ICASA, ISP's and telkom itself.
Cause this "talk shop" is a waist of time and just another way to spend tax payers money lavishly.
They need another talk shop to uh block any new advances/ideas industry has? <-- that's what their reputation seems to say. The article stipulates pretty much what's needed to happen and hasn't yet.. why the need for another one?