Glordit

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PLANS by the government to prevent a $235m telecoms cable around Africa’s east coast from landing in SA would be denying citizens access to cheap bandwidth and practising double standards, the project’s financiers believe.

Some how, some where, someing... had to go wrong :mad: :mad: :mad:
So, the goverment says we ARE NOT getting cheap bandwith??

...Denying landing rights to Eassy will be detrimental to the three local companies, which, they say, have had the foresight to invest in the project to slash bandwidth prices

It will be bad for everyone!! and slash prices? wow... R199 for .384 w/ 1GB cap... Oh so cheap... :rolleyes:
 
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eltherza

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Government is too worried about the money involved and not even considering it's OWN people. If it reduces bandwidth costs it's a good thing for the people. This will force SA companies to lower prices and offer better service, in short - make SA companies jack up to international standards and perhaps pull the whole of SA up with it. Stop running by "african standards" by sheltering SA bunisnesses and start competing with the rest of the world.

Shows you how STUPID the Government is...
 

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Clearly our Gov is out of it's depth here. I wonder if Mr Shuttleowrth gave any advice on this matter, and whether or not that person, Lyndall Shope Mafole, could understand what was being said, that is assuming they approached him for comment.

The incompetence of our Gov is being made more public day by day, the excuses are just getting better (well at least they are getting better at something). In the end I recon they have it all sussed out: Supply + demand = price (profit) so limit supply and the profits grow. Bha if this is the kind of sentiment which is (according to that person) in the best interest of SA, then I do now start to understand why we are, where we are.

It is such a great pitty, I really have rooted for SA to make it through, but it is becoming more clear by the day that with the status quo we do not have a snowball's chance in hell. It is now only a matter of time before the gravy train derails...
 

killadoob

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i think the standard of companies like openweb saol axxess webafrica is amazing

guys we live in a zimbabwe

i wonder what this country will be like by 2010 if we get a jacob zuma into power
 

LazyLion

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Don't worry guys...

The government has a 5 step plan for broadband in South Africa...

1) Shut your mouth
2) Bend over
3) Apply lubrication cream (or not... they don't care)
4) Enjoy the ride ;)
5) Give us all your money

it's so crystal clear... it just brings tears to my eyes!!! :sick:
 
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XCentricdave

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I don't have the energy to get upset or be surprised any more... :(


As as thought experiment for our Dept of Communications:

What happens if all the parties involved in a cable all want to own all of it?


And the reason for not letting the cable land here? Because the nasty commercial business might charge too much? Not enough gravy? It might be real competition and prices might fall, and consquently less gravy?

What's going on?
 

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Ignorance is a bliss.....

Why stop the Essey, if government provides alternative bandwidth which is cheaper in abundance, any other cable landed here will have to compete with that.

FULL STOP.

Message to government:
You have shown how well you have been legislating in past.
You can stop now.
Invest the profits you have collected trough your shares in Telkom, build infrastructure with that cash and welcome ANY investment in the country.
 

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Lyndall Shope Mafole said:
“South African companies could use their dominance to compete unfairly in other countries. We have a responsibility as the government to ensure there is fair competition. We are not willing to look at something that is clearly discriminatory. We couldn’t rest with a clear conscience.”

What the F#CK???? You can't even ensure fair competition in YOUR OWN COUNTRY you hideously incompetent SOW!!!!

AAAARGH!!!
 

Albereth

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I am so very happy that the Department of Communications is responsible for ensuring fair competition in Africa - it explains why they don't give a damn about fair competition at home.

Hopefully they will be tackling the Chinese next.
 

Abe

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I get so mad I can scream. This amounts to nothing more then political meddling and lining of pockets.
 

Sapphiron

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Can't we just torpedo and sink this government. I'm sure Anarchy will work a lot better
 

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“We are not going to make the mistake we made with gold and platinum that get mined out of here and taken elsewhere and we buy them back at a higher price. African companies have to make money out of the traffic that comes in and out of Africa.”

Like Telkom?
 

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“South African companies could use their dominance to compete unfairly in other countries. We have a responsibility as the government to ensure there is fair competition. We are not willing to look at something that is clearly discriminatory. We couldn’t rest with a clear conscience.”

It doesnt seem to bother your conscience at all when you allow telkom to rape the country. Incompetent cow...
 

Glordit

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This just makes us 8000% more than any other ISP on the world, and makes SA Gov. 8001% more S-T-U-U-U-U-U-P-I-D than any government in the world.... :(
 
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