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Matsepe-Casaburri hits back

17 April 2008
Matsepe-Casaburri hits back
Communications minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri has hit back at Ugandan minister Alintuma Nsambu over his criticism that SA's government is too involved in the building of international cable. She implied that the Ugandan minister spoke out of ignorance.

Nsambu criticised SA's government for being too involved in the telecommunications sector during a question and answer session at Satcom 2008, held in Sandton last week.

The criticism stems from the fact that SA insists that all international cable projects that want to land in SA be 51% owned by Africans, a policy that participants at Satcom 2008 said would hinder deregulation and vigorous competition in the ICT sector.

SA was also criticised for government's direct ownership of telecoms infrastructure, including its decision to build an undersea cable through Infraco.

Speaking at the Nepad e-schools stakeholder conference yesterday, Matsepe-Casaburri defended SA's decision to build international cable, saying SA's communication prices were too high despit ...

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