There has been a lot of positive activity from government in South Africa’s information and communication technology sector during 2013.
This is according to responses from analysts and technology company executives to questions about the greatest technology sector triumph in South Africa this year.
The appointment of Yunus Carrim as Minister of Communications and the national broadband policy he brought before cabinet were mentioned among the wins for the year.
The aggressive reduction in mobile termination rates proposed by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) was also listed as a triumph.
Arthur Goldstuck, MD of research firm World Wide Worx said that Carrim’s appointment was a big win for South Africa.
“He has finally put the capital (C) back into ‘communications’ and brings hope back to broadband policy,” Goldstuck said.
Malcolm Rabson, MD of Dariel Solutions said that it government finally seemed to have “got it”.
“Broadband infrastructure must be rolled out at a rapid pace,” Rabson said.
Yaron Assabi, founder of Digital Solutions Group (DSG), highlighted Icasa’s proposed mobile termination rate (MTR) cuts.
MTRs are the fees telephony operators pay one another to terminate calls when subscribers place calls from one network to another.
Icasa’s aggressive proposal has been met with strong words from Vodacom and particularly MTN, so it remains to be seen what South Africa’s next set of MTR regulations will bring.