To ensure the health of telecommunications and Internet connectivity in South Africa, government needs to take positive action, according to industry personality Arthur Goldstuck.
Writing a column on the News24 site, Goldstuck has come up with a list of 10 demands that he believes government needs to meet.
They are, according to Goldstuck's column:
* A national priority towards literacy and computer literacy;
* An open approach to licensing new undersea cable landing points;
* Immediate liberalisation of the SAT3/SAFE cable;
* Free wireless broadband for schools and police/emergency services;
* Exclusion of local data from bandwidth caps;
* Reduction in local call charges;
* Reduction of and cap to interconnect fees;
* Reduction of fixed line rentals;
* An independent regulator; and
* Commitment to an open licensing approach to telecommunications.