A draft framework has been proposed for a national broadband strategy that will eventually allow all South Africans to have affordable broadband access to the Internet.
Next week, the South African National Broadband Forum will discuss the issues, including why broadband penetration lags behind other countries at similar levels of development.
It is thought one of the reasons for South Africa's Internet penetration decline – it has dropped to fourth place in Africa – is the lack of a coherent policy framework to guide the development of broadband.
The National Broadband Forum will focus on supply side objectives – taking steps to maximise fibre and wireless broadband infrastructure in urban and rural areas; demand-side objectives – aiming to stimulate the provision of content and use by citizens, private sector and consumers; e-governance and e-citizenship objectives; and education objectives. It will also