Department of Communications

Local device manufacturers get a bite of govt comms tender

Device manufacturers serving SA’s mobile carriers are set to score a big chunk of the newly-issued multibillion-rand government communications tender.


5G, 4IR programme upskills thousands of SA tertiary students

More than 2 000 South African tertiary students acquire fourth industrial revolution skills through a joint training initiative delivered by Huawei and the communications ministry.


Comms ministry’s ‘on-demand’ services policy moves to next phase

The department confirms the April commencement of public hearings for the policy framework of over-the-top and video-on-demand services, among others.


WhatsApp ‘disappointed’ after it’s blocked from off-boarding GovChat

The Facebook-owned app vows to defend the popular messaging platform from abuse, insisting GovChat has repeatedly refused to comply with its terms of service.


Electronic signatures: Time to accelerate adoption

Digital signing solutions vastly improve the speed of sending sensitive documents and ensure the business is never held up by complicated paper processes.


ICASA extends emergency spectrum assignments

The regulator has extended the temporary radio frequency spectrum assignments issued to licensees for another two months – from 1 April to 31 May.


SA buys into nanosatellite development with R19m investment

The satellites will be used for surveillance of the waters, including shipping movements within the country's exclusive economic zone.


Inclusive economic recovery requires connected citizens

South Africa desperately needs to up its connectivity for citizens to engage in other forms of economic activity, stresses Broadband Infraco CEO Andrew Matseke.


Release of temporary spectrum heralds improvements to residents of Matatiele, Kokstad

Matatiele, Kokstad and Mount Fletcher are some areas where mobile network operators have deployed temporary spectrum to overcome historical capacity constraints.


SA Connect targets speeds that are 10 times faster

The revised policy of the ambitious government broadband programme bumps up connectivity speeds from 10Mbps to 100Mbps, pending budget confirmation for phase two rollout.


Andréa Campbell named ITA spokesperson

Campbell said women remain underrepresented in the ICT field and the ITA is committed to understanding how it can contribute to attracting and retaining women in the ICT industry.


Comms ministry starts phased switch to digital TV

The communications department keeps up with the latest timelines on the digital migration project, switching off analogue TV transmitters in some Free State towns.