BENEFITS OF DIGITISATION
AYABONGA CAWE: You can bet on it, there will be fights across the spectrum
The question is how allocation of spectrum will play a role in the equitable spread of the benefits of digitisation and transformation
We are told there are warehouses full of television set-top boxes and some are gathering dust at the SA Post Office. After a few missed deadlines and commitments to new rollout targets by the authorities, still we wait. This is the state of play in the transition from analogue to digital television. One of the benefits of such a transition, it is often suggested, will be to "free up more spectrum" for cellphones, which may achieve the demand of #DataMustFall. Alongside the delayed transition has been a debate over the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill, which would govern allocation of that spectrum. The question is how allocation of spectrum will play a role in the equitable spread of the benefits of digitisation and transformation of information and communication technology (ICT) value chains. The amended bill, gazetted last week, is a further iteration of policy thinking in the government, in a context of heated debate between industry roleplayers. As Stuff magazine editor ...