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End to ADSL monopoly in sight?

24 May 2006
Ana Monteiro
Posted: Wed, 24 May 2006 08:00 | © Moneyweb Holdings Limited, 1997-2006

Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri is expected to introduce measures to increase competition in the telecoms market in her budget speech on Thursday.

Users and prospective users of high-speed internet services delivered via the copper cables that lead into homes (the service known as ADSL) have been waiting for the policy directives which will include introducing some level of competition on the Telkom-controlled last mile into homes since November last year.

At that stage, Deputy Minister Roy Padayachie told a colloquium on telecoms pricing that the directives would be issued within four to six weeks of the colloquium. The country has been on tenterhooks since then, and Telkom has been gearing itself up for competition by announcing plans to beef up its infrastructure.

On May 3, New Zealandís government made the move to unbundle that country ...

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