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South Africa plans to double mobile broadband coverage

Reuters reports that South Africa aims to double its mobile broadband coverage to 80% of the population by 2019, according to the country's telecoms minister, who added that the government wants to reduce the high cost of communications. A World Bank report released in February notes that South Africans pay around $14.10 for one gigabyte of data, the fourth highest out of 17 African countries, compared with lowest-rated Cameroon, where the same bundle cost around $2.10. "Siyabonga Cwele, the telecoms minister, said that a new telecoms policy to be finalised in the next few months would aim to boost competition and increase growth in the industry. It will reduce barriers to entry by moving away from monopolistic infrastructure based competition, to open access broadband networks, Cwele told parliament." A new policy on the spectrum would help consumers by increasing choice and reducing Internet costs, Cwele said. South Africa is rolling out free WiFi services across the country and it would cost around 67 billion rands ($4.4 billion) to connect the entire country with broadband, he added. Read More

  • Tuesday, 24 May 2016

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