Spectrum licensing will begin within next month, says Cyril Ramaphosa in Sona
The president also called on the telecoms industry to further bring down the cost of data so that it is in line with other countries in the world
Within the next month, the government will issue a policy directive to the communications regulator to commence with the licensing of high-demand spectrum, as it moves to tackle the high cost of data.
The high cost of communication in SA has largely been blamed on a lack of competition and the "spectrum crunch". Spectrum refers to the radio signals set aside to carry data over the air, including for mobile phones, TV and global positioning systems (GPSs).