Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has vowed to implement ANC policy and ensure set-top boxes are encrypted. Last week, former communications minister Faith Muthambi won a Constitutional Court challenge to ensure the validity of her policy amendment to support nonencryption of set-top boxes. The conclusion of the court matter and Dlodlo’s stance that the set-top boxes will be encrypted paves the way for the finalisation of the much delayed digital migration process. SA lags most of the continent on digital migration and missed the 2015 International Telecommunications Union deadline to switch its signal to digital. The delay has frustrated players in the information and communications technology sector who are desperate for spectrum. Digital migration is crucial for freeing up broadband spectrum, which will boost connectivity. Last week’s court ruling made it clear policy making was the government’s prerogative, meaning the Department of Communications will be well within its rig...

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