South Africa” Cabinet approves white paper on communication
THE cabinet has approved the long-awaited integrated communication technology white paper dealing with government policy on spectrum and other issues.
Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said at a post cabinet media briefing on Thursday that the white paper would replace white papers on telecommunications and postal services.
"The integrated ICT policy outlines how government will ensure that the sector fulfills its potential to facilitate inclusive social and economic transformation in SA," Radebe said.
Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele was expected to brief media on the white paper later on Thursday..
Meanwhile, the Pretoria High Court is expected on Friday to rule on the government’s application for a court order to stop the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) going ahead with an auction of spectrum.
Despite Cwele’s objections, Icasa is pressing ahead with a planned auction of spectrum, setting a date for May 2017.
Icasa said there was an inordinate delay in government making policy. It said that as an independent institution under the constitution it had a duty to go ahead in the absence of a white paper.
Cwele argued that winning bidders for spectrum would be able to provide superfast 4G data download, giving them a huge competitive edge in the mobile market.