The long-awaited local loop unbundling may become a reality before the end of this year, with the Department of Communications committed to ensuring that it happens.

Minister Roy Padyachie says the department will work with ICASA and the industry on the unbundling.
"The case has already been made that it is vitally important to achieve unbundling as it will introduce competition," he says.
"Whether we can reach the November 2011 deadline is in the hands of the regulator, and the information is that they are on track and will meet the deadline."