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Will digital broadcasting be ready for 2010?

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Parliament's portfolio committee on communications is concerned that South Africa may not be ready with a digital broadcasting system in time for the World Cup in 2010. 

According to Business Day, committee members are concerned that the communications department may not have planned properly for the migration from analogue to digital which is suppoed to happed over a three-year period from November 2008.
The committee has asked the department to urgently report on the policy, implementation strategies and timeframes.
The committee also criticised the fact the policy guidelines for the ministerial authorisation of undersea cables was published three weeks late, as well as questioning the power given to the Minister of Communications in granting and revoking undersea cable landing rights.
Since the government is involved in both the Nepad and proposed Infraco cables, this could appear to be inappropriate.
Meanwhile, Sentech has finally gained access to the R500-million is was promised for broadband wireless investment.
The organisation will be used to roll out a national network, with a focus on taking voice and data services to hospitals, schools and under-serviced communities.