SEASON’S GREETINGS FROM CDF

It is safe to say that 2016 has been a year of ups and down and unforeseen socio-political change in South Africa.  In the digital arena it is heartening to see that as documented by International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Measuring the Information Society Report 2016, that while South Africa’s digital rankings have remained fairly static, that digital usage has jumped by 7 places – from 86th place in 2015 to 79th place in 2016, out of 175 countries.

ITU REPORT 2016 – SOUTH AFRICA’S RANKINGS

Introduction:  Brahima Sanou, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau One of the core features of the Report is the ICT Development Index (IDI). This year’s results show that nearly all of the 175 countries covered by the index improved their IDI values between 2015 and 2016. During the same period, stronger improvements have been made on ICT use than access, mainly as a result of strong growth in mobile-broadband uptake globally. This has allowed an increasing number of people, in particular from the developing world, to join the information society and benefit from the many services and applications provided through the Internet.

CAPE TOWN OPPORTUNITY IN AN INNOVATIVE ENVIRONMENT

The Cape Digital Foundation is a non-profit company with a mission to stimulate an integrated and enabled digital environment for businesses, communities and entrepreneurs. BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (1-Year Contract Position, with the option of renewal) The key responsibilities of this entrepreneurial position will include the strategic positioning of the Foundation | Fundraising and new opportunity/partnership attraction | Networking, marketing and building the profile of the organisation | Oversight of CDF projects and activities.

THOUGHT LEADER’S SEMINAR SERIES – LAUNCHING IN 2017

Email CDF at info@digitalfoundation.org.za to let us know that you would like to attend You are invited to join the CDF, in collaboration with Provincial Government of the Western Cape, Neotel and Cape Peninsula University of Technology at their first Thought Leader’s Seminar series on 14 February 2017 at the Cape Digital Foundation. The objective:  of this seminar is to determine the role of strategic leadership in driving innovation, competitiveness and growth through multi-stakeholder collaboration The topic:  Accelerating e-Readiness in the Western Cape: Strategic Multi-Stakeholder Collaborative Architecture for Digital Economy & Society The target audience:  Senior government officials, senior business leaders, academics

SOUTH AFRICA AT THE BOTTOM OF GLOBAL BROADBAND TARIFF RANKINGS

Point Topic, the UK-based resource for worldwide broadband, IPTV and VoIP market intelligence, has published their residential broadband tariff scorecard, by country, for the third quarter of 2016.  Point Topic’s latest scorecard compares the entry-level, median, and average residential broadband tariffs in 84 countries. As indicated in the table below, South Africa ranks 69 out of 84 countries for median broadband pricing. While its entry-level prices are competitive, South Africa’s average prices are expensive.1

THE CAPE DIGITAL FOUNDATION IS RECRUITING

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES FOR AN OPPORTUNITY IN AN INNOVATIVE ENVIRONMENT ? The Cape Digital Foundation is a non-profit company with a mission to stimulate an integrated and enabled digital environment for businesses, communities and entrepreneurs. BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (1-Year Contract Position, with the option of renewal) The key responsibilities of this entrepreneurial position will include the strategic positioning of the Foundation | Fundraising and new opportunity/partnership attraction | Networking, marketing and building the profile of the organisation | Oversight of CDF projects and activities.

ICTs AND CONVERGENCE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE NATIONAL RADIO FREQUENCY PLAN

What is convergence? According to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and infoDev ICT Regulation Toolkit, there is no universal definition of convergence, although generally it is understood to mean the ability of different networks to carry similar kinds of services (e.g., voice over Internet Protocol (IP) or over circuit switched networks, video over cable television or Asynchronous Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) or, alternatively, the ability to provide a range of services over a single network, such as the so-called “triple play.” 1

DYNAMIC SPECTRUM ALLIANCE 2017 GLOBAL SUMMIT

Prestigious conference on wireless spectrum heading to Cape Town in May 2017 The prestigious Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) 2017 Global Summit will be convened in Cape Town over 9 – 11 May 2017, co-hosted next year by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA).  Co-host ICASA will play a significant role at the Global Summit as ICASA recently published a Discussion Paper on the Framework for Dynamic and Opportunistic Spectrum Management for consultation. This paper discusses a proposal to authorize license-exempt access to unused TV channels, also known as television white spaces (TVWS).

THOUGHT LEADER’S SEMINAR SERIES – LAUNCHING IN FEBRUARY 2017

Email CDF at info@digitalfoundation.org.za to let us know that you would like to attend You are invited to join the CDF, in collaboration with Provincial Government of the Western Cape, Neotel and Cape Peninsula University of Technology at their first Thought Leader’s Seminar series on 14 February 2017 at the Cape Digital Foundation. The objective:  of this seminar is to determine the role of strategic leadership in driving innovation, competitiveness and growth through multi-stakeholder collaboration The topic:  Accelerating e-Readiness in the Western Cape: Strategic Multi-Stakeholder Collaborative Architecture for Digital Economy & Society The target audience:  Senior government officials, senior business leaders, academics

SOUTH AFRICA’S BROADBAND NETWORK IMPLEMENTATION – DELAYS DUE TO CANCELLATION OF SA CONNECT TENDER

As the global population increasingly goes online, South Africa must ensure that Internet access is rolled out to underserved towns and rural areas – particularly to marginalised communities who stand to benefit most from development though being online and equipped with e-skills.  As advocated for by the Cape Digital Foundation (CDF) analyses of the threats and opportunities inherent in the necessary deployment of ICT, and in particular of the implementation of broadband, point to the need for formal mechanisms for collaboration across stakeholder groups in business, government, education, community and organised labour.