South Africa’s minister of communications Mrs Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has revealed a draft coverage doc that has proposed the buying and selling of radio frequency spectrum within the nation.
Throughout a media briefing on Thursday, Ntshavheni stated the spectrum coverage goals to advertise small and medium-sized enterprises, and foster the emergence of latest entrants within the ICT sector.
“Our dedication of financial inclusion by means of the participation of SMMEs within the ICT sector stays a precedence,” she stated.
“Whereas we acknowledge that because of limitations in spectrum, it isn’t attainable to license spectrum to all greater than 400 ECNS and ECS license holders, of which majority are SMMEs.
“Nonetheless, we should proceed with measures which can be sure that finally SMMEs are included within the ICT sector together with on entry to spectrum.”
Minister Ntshavheni additionally disclosed that efforts to roll out 4G and 5G applied sciences within the nation are being coupled with makes an attempt to drive down the price of information.
“It’s a foregone conclusion that information has change into a brand new fundamental utility on the identical degree as water and electrical energy. It has change into the enabler of innovation and wealth creation for any nation,” the minister stated.
The general public has till 19 October to touch upon the proposed coverage.