Digital Migration – is South Africa up for the challenge?

The global migration to digital transmission in broadcasting has been driven by technical, business and consumer needs, or as Armstrong and Collins argue, “for reasons of efficient spectrum usage, lower transmission costs and better service offerings for users” (Armstrong and Collins, 2004). While the complexities of digital migration are many, South Africa has already committed itself to the process. In this paper I will examine the benefits of digital technologies, explore the potential business and technical challenges it poses and, through these, assess policy challenges facing South Africa in the migration from analogue to digital……..

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The networked knowledge economy – why South Africa still has a long way to go

The world is getting smaller. Humanity is engaging with each other 24 hours a day, trading through the night with people and companies they have never physically engaged with – from their homes, airports, beaches and sometimes, even their offices. Technology has, some suggest, relegated national borders to the waste heap of history……..

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Regional regulation – twenty years and still learning
Bronwen Kausch

In this paper the author shall examine the effects of regional regulations on market structures and national policy. This shall be done by first contextualising the formation of regional blocs, regional policy and the attempts to harmonise regional policy and regulation. Then, the author shall examine the cases of the European Union, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, and finally African (particularly Southern African) states. While the focus shall not be entirely based on ICT, the author shall pay particular attention to this sector as a key example of a network economy and therefore a key economic driver.

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