Media briefing: Proposed telecoms policy will set back SA's development by decades – 25 January 2017

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Media briefing: Proposed telecoms policy will set back SA's development by decades – 25 January 2017

INVITATION

The proposed National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper will set back SA’s ICT development by decades. Enterprise and consumers will be affected.

Speakers:
Richard Hurst & Dobek Pater, Africa Analysis*
National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper – contents, issues, questions and consequences

Leon Louw, Free Market Foundation*
Questionable constitutionality, inadequate public participation and failure to conduct a compulsory Social Economic Impact Assessment (SEIA)

The recently adopted National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper poses a serious threat to SA’s ICT industry with far reaching consequences for consumers and the economy.

The media and public need to understand what is happening.

ICT in SA, especially mobile ICT, is one of the country’s few great success stories since the new democracy in terms of empowerment, quality national coverage and device ownership, exceeding that of other developing countries. Yet the ICT Policy White Paper proposes uprooting this successful model and replacing it with a rare, unproven and failed alternative.

Proposals have been steamrollered into becoming official government policy without proper public and industry consultation required by the Constitution and without the Cabinet mandated impact assessment. This may precipitate a legal challenge.

There are five key areas in the White Paper:

(1)  A significantly expanded government role
(2)  Fundamental interference with wholesale markets
(3)  The development of a nationalised wholesale monopoly
(4)  Arbitrary spectrum allocation
(5)  A nationalised fund for infrastructure development in non-viable areas administered by unaccountable and unelected officials.

Please join us to understand why critical questions need to be asked and issues resolved before implementation begins

*Africa Analysis is a market research, analysis, advisory and consulting firm that focuses on the telecommunications, IT, media and technology-enabled sectors (xTech sectors) across the African continent.  It has conducted market research studies, undertaken due diligence projects, developed ICT policies, valued spectrum, led strategy development, designed networks, evaluated market opportunities, served as expert witnesses, and have briefed companies on various market sectors.

*The Free Market Foundation (FMF) is a policy analysis institute primarily dedicated to (a) preventing counter-productive government intervention, taxation and spending, and (b) constitutionalism, due process and the rule of law. To those ends, it is responding to threats of mobile data price control and, more importantly, to the far-reaching implications of the White Paper.

Date: Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Time:   11h00 – 11h30 Registration (sandwiches, tea & coffee will be available) – PLEASE NOTE EARLIER TIME THAN PREVIOUS MEDIA BRIEFINGS
            11h30 – 13h30 Presentation & discussion

Venue: Free Market Foundation, Block 5 Bryanston Gate, 170 Curzon Road, Bryanston (opposite Sandton Medi-Clinic)

RSVP by clicking here.  

RSVP essential as seating is limited. 

Guests welcome – NB please register each attendee separately

(If you have already responded or cannot join us, no need to RSVP)

You will be able to watch this event LIVE via the FMF’s Facebook page by clicking here

Media Enquiries

Jayne Boccaleone – 082 904 3616 – jboccaleone@gmail.com   

Other Enquiries

Joan Evans – 011 884 0270 – joanevans@fmfsa.org

IRR TV

INVITATION

The proposed National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper will set back SA’s ICT development by decades. Enterprise and consumers will be affected.

Speakers:
Richard Hurst & Dobek Pater, Africa Analysis*
National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper – contents, issues, questions and consequences

Leon Louw, Free Market Foundation*
Questionable constitutionality, inadequate public participation and failure to conduct a compulsory Social Economic Impact Assessment (SEIA)

The recently adopted National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper poses a serious threat to SA’s ICT industry with far reaching consequences for consumers and the economy.

The media and public need to understand what is happening.

ICT in SA, especially mobile ICT, is one of the country’s few great success stories since the new democracy in terms of empowerment, quality national coverage and device ownership, exceeding that of other developing countries. Yet the ICT Policy White Paper proposes uprooting this successful model and replacing it with a rare, unproven and failed alternative.

Proposals have been steamrollered into becoming official government policy without proper public and industry consultation required by the Constitution and without the Cabinet mandated impact assessment. This may precipitate a legal challenge.

There are five key areas in the White Paper:

(1)  A significantly expanded government role
(2)  Fundamental interference with wholesale markets
(3)  The development of a nationalised wholesale monopoly
(4)  Arbitrary spectrum allocation
(5)  A nationalised fund for infrastructure development in non-viable areas administered by unaccountable and unelected officials.

Please join us to understand why critical questions need to be asked and issues resolved before implementation begins

*Africa Analysis is a market research, analysis, advisory and consulting firm that focuses on the telecommunications, IT, media and technology-enabled sectors (xTech sectors) across the African continent.  It has conducted market research studies, undertaken due diligence projects, developed ICT policies, valued spectrum, led strategy development, designed networks, evaluated market opportunities, served as expert witnesses, and have briefed companies on various market sectors.

*The Free Market Foundation (FMF) is a policy analysis institute primarily dedicated to (a) preventing counter-productive government intervention, taxation and spending, and (b) constitutionalism, due process and the rule of law. To those ends, it is responding to threats of mobile data price control and, more importantly, to the far-reaching implications of the White Paper.

Date: Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Time:   11h00 – 11h30 Registration (sandwiches, tea & coffee will be available) – PLEASE NOTE EARLIER TIME THAN PREVIOUS MEDIA BRIEFINGS
            11h30 – 13h30 Presentation & discussion

Venue: Free Market Foundation, Block 5 Bryanston Gate, 170 Curzon Road, Bryanston (opposite Sandton Medi-Clinic)

RSVP by clicking here.  

RSVP essential as seating is limited. 

Guests welcome – NB please register each attendee separately

(If you have already responded or cannot join us, no need to RSVP)

You will be able to watch this event LIVE via the FMF’s Facebook page by clicking here

Media Enquiries

Jayne Boccaleone – 082 904 3616 – jboccaleone@gmail.com   

Other Enquiries

Joan Evans – 011 884 0270 – joanevans@fmfsa.org

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