The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) has criticised the information and communications (ICT) policy white paper, saying it could hamper efforts to reduce the cost to communicate. Icasa said on Wednesday the white paper made it onerous for operators to access spectrum, which made it harder for them to reduce operating costs. In May Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel announced that SA’s high data costs would be investigated by the Competition Commission. Icasa is reviewing the broadband market and has said the reduction in the cost of data would depend on the outcome of the review. The delay in the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting had also frustrated players in the ICT sector who were desperate for additional spectrum, Icasa said. Digital migration is crucial for freeing up spectrum, which will boost connectivity and efforts to reduce data costs. The regulator briefed the select committee on communications and public enterprises about efforts ...

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