Infraco and Interconnections...

Friday, April 16. 2010
Infraco mulls options after Icasa decision
State-owned telecommunications infrastructure operator Broadband Infraco will "consider all its options" in the wake of a decision by its regulator not to grant it a service licence.


Icasa drops interconnect fee bombshell
The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) has dropped a bombshell on SA’s telecommunications industry. It wants mobile termination rates slashed to just 40c/minute by July 2012, from 89c/minute during peak calling time now.

Bandwidth

Tuesday, March 30. 2010
More bandwidth incoming
South Africans who have been watching the broadband boom with interest will be pleased to know more international bandwidth competition is on the horizon.

Epistemology and ICTs

Wednesday, March 24. 2010
This was posted on IOZ, epistemology in a networked society, and my ears pricked. I'm so interested in this type of thing, I just wish I had more time to invest in reading around it and getting involved in discussions. The PhD student in me wants to analyse the implicit epistemology of the network society and read all about it and write lots of papers on it ;-) Its an interesting blog post in that it sparks interest but not massively informative, but reading the issue paper from the SA Law commision (which seems to be the catalyst for this post) might be more so? Anyway, its interesting imo.

One way of keeping students/staff interested and motivated...

Thursday, March 18. 2010
Employers: Look to gaming to motivate staff
Clearly defined goals and fair, incremental rewards are two game design techniques that could motivate the 'gamer generation' in the workforce, according to a US academic. Lee Sheldon of the Indiana University believes managers may have to rethink how they engage the next generation entering the mainstream workforce.

Cheaper intertubes

Thursday, March 18. 2010
MWeb wades into broadband price war
MWeb, a unit of media giant Naspers, has joined the broadband price war in SA, offering aggressively priced uncapped broadband.

More on the e-rate

Monday, March 8. 2010
Stage set for bunfight over schools 'e-rate'
The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) will hold hearings on 4 and 5 March to consider arguments from industry players on the so-called “e-rate” discount of 50% to schools and some tertiary institutions.

Aaaarrrrr... *face.palm*

Thursday, February 25. 2010
Use open source? Then you're a pirate!
There's a fantastic little story in the Guardian today that says a US lobby group is trying to get the US government to consider open source as the equivalent to piracy.

Telecoms

Thursday, January 14. 2010
Broadband Infraco will break Telkom's stranglehold
The Internet Service Providers Association of South Africa (ISPA) congratulates Broadband Infraco ("Infraco"), the new State-owned telecommunications infrastructure provider, on the receipt of its individual-electronic communications network services (I-ECNS) licence from ICASA. According to ISPA The award of this licence, together with the extensive fibre cable assets which Infraco inherited from Transnet and Eskom, places this new organisation in a good position to begin realising its mandate of broadening the availability of network services and lowering the cost of communications in South Africa.

Don't really expect to see much change in the immediate future.

Vodacom accused of turning a blind eye on spam
Vodacom accused of being the biggest source of phishing spam and other Internet fraud in SA.

e-Rate

Wednesday, January 6. 2010
E-rate gets corrected
Amendments to the E-rate regulations published by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) will be a boon for local service providers.

Lowering bandwidth costs

Monday, November 23. 2009
Bandwidth costs take a tumble
The introduction of Seacom has slowly started to make its mark on broadband costs locally, and many alternative broadband providers have started to slash prices or introduce innovative products. With ADSL still the most popular Internet offering, ITWeb compares the alternate capacity providers' bandwidth products. The uncapped broadband offering is becoming more competitive and consumers can expect to see more to come.

ICASA

Thursday, November 5. 2009
DOC will give ICASA teeth
The Department of Communications (DOC) will make amendments to the Electronic Communications Act, which will give the regulator more tools to deal with its industries. DOC director-general Mamodupi Mohlala says the aspects of the legislation that deal specifically with the cost of communication in SA will be the first to be fine-tuned, followed by those that limit the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) from speedily carrying out its tasks.

ICASA fights for independence
The embattled Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) fought a rearguard action on what its chairperson, Paris Mashile, took to be an attack on the authority's independence in Parliament yesterday. Towards the end of a grueling session, in which ICASA presented its annual report to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications, the line between oversight and micromanagement became blurred for all parties, when the issues of overseas trips and performance management systems came up.

I'm all for the Independence of ICASA, they must be able to independently regulate, but that said, I am also all for performance management. That management need not come from within government, but it should be done somewhere. Maybe independent companies can do the evaluations? In fact performance management at all levels in SA would be a fantastic thing!

Broadband in SA report

Thursday, November 5. 2009
Broadband in SA: another scathing report
New United Nations report shows what consumers have been saying for years: SA is lagging behind in broadband Numerous reports over the last few months have shown something which many consumers have been saying for years: That South Africa's broadband services are expensive and that local speeds are not up to scratch when compared to international standards.

Not really anything we haven't heard before, just sad that after so many years of these types of reports we're still getting similar stuff.

Spectrum

Friday, October 23. 2009
Give us more pie
Despite already having access to large chunks of what is considered scarce spectrum, both Telkom and Sentech want the opportunity to bid for what is left.

This is massively cheeky imo. They already have been given spectrum and they want more? Are Sentect even using theirs post cancelling MyWireless? My hope is that ICASA stick to their guns and that this auction is only for the other service providers. The incumbants argue its unfair for them, but how unfair is it that they got given spectrum and then also get to bid for more. That gives them an unfair advantage. By only allowing the other providers to bid its actually leveling the playing field a little bit.

Uni tests

Tuesday, August 25. 2009
This is frightening;  South Africa: Shocking results from university tests
I don't see how it can be expected that universities should fix these problems being created by the schooling system, its a bit late then to try and sort it out. The schooling system needs to be seriously looked at and the problems need to be tackled head on there. Support structures at university are one thing, but seemingly some students need to have their entire school curriculum taught to them so that they can understand the basics of disciplines.

Telecoms round-up

Friday, July 31. 2009
Haven't had much time to post lately, or even read the news! Briefly catching up now...

De Lille wants interconnection law
Independent Democrats party leader Patricia de Lille plans to propose a private members Bill in Parliament to resolve the interconnection issue that she claims has led to the high cost of mobile phone calls.


How to reduce telecoms costs
ECN recommends that ICASA immediately set the interconnection rate at R0.25 (peak) and R0.15 (off peak)


SEACOM is here!
The long awaited SEACOM cable is officially ready for service after eighteen months of feasibility studies and shareholder agreements, a nine month marine survey and a nineteen month cable construction period.


Durban gets true broadband
A taste of true broadband access speeds was experienced yesterday when the Tertiary Education Network (Tenet) downloaded the first test data over its network, connecting the Seacom cable with the Durban University of Technology (DUT).


ICASA calls for ECA overhaul
The Electronic Communications Act (ECA) needs a serious overhaul, says Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) chairman Paris Mashile.


Sentech must use its spectrum
Sentech will have to make use of its spectrum in the 2.6GHz band, or face losing it, says Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) chairman Paris Mashile.