Communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has published a policy proposal that could allow network operators unfettered access to use private land to build their infrastructure for the rapid rollout of super-fast fifth-generation (5G) mobile internet.

The policy, which was published in the government gazette this week and open for public comment for 30 days, is likely to be challenged by land owners as it could potentially lead to a drop in property prices.

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