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Bundling telephone lines with ADSL lines is a further problem which needs to be addressed. Real pre-paid options are attractive to the lower income families as our mobile network operators around the world have proved. Fixed line providers would be no different.
Dina Pule spoke at a conference I attended earlier this week and it was the same speech again, no deliverables, just noble broad goals. So frustrating. They could honestly start with something not too aggressive, but very useful like a schools network. Hell it doesn't even need to access the internet, at least school content can be made available efficiently and information from schools can get to the department easily.
Tim Wyatt Gunning said:Quite simply, business hates a policy and regulatory vacuum. It creates uncertainty and raises risk, making any investment unattractive to shareholders and investors alike.
There is currently no certainty around any number of issues. Industry is still waiting on Local Loop Unbundling (LLU). We were assured in 2007 that it would be complete by 2011. We were also told that by 2008 we would have access to Telkom’s copper infrastructure.
The murky waters of the delayed and further delayed spectrum allocation continues to frustrate many companies who are ready and waiting to deliver connectivity to our rural areas.
In fact, our entire national ICT policy is in stasis after the Minister announced in April that a full review of national policy including legislation was to take place. We are still waiting for a document to review and make comments on.