DoC committed to talking about broadband and ICT

Deputy Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said that the recent events, colloquiums and workshops show the Department of Communications’ (DoC) commitment to ensure that the ICT sector is transformed and developed.

Speaking at the recent (29 October 2012) Creative Industries Workshop, Ndabeni-Abrahams drew the delegates’ attention to recent events that have been convened by the Department of Communications in the past few months.

“These are the National ICT Colloquium, the ICT Indaba, Community Radio Indaba and the DTT soft launch (Proof of Concept), which was hosted few weeks ago. Next week we host a broadband workshop with the industry to finalise our plans for broadband,” said Ndabeni-Abrahams.

“These for me, all point out to the commitment by the Department to ensure that the ICT sector is transformed and developed.”

More than talk needed to boost broadband

Stats SA recently unveiled its Census 2011 results, revealing that 64.8% of households in South Africa had no access to the Internet.

Census 2011 Internet access in South Africa
Census 2011 Internet access in South Africa

The DoC is tasked with ensuring that all South Africans had access to broadband by 2020 (hence a 100% broadband penetration rate), but progress has been slow.

According to the national treasury the DoC achieved 0% (zero percent) of its 7% target for the “percentage of broadband penetration per year”.

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