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Broadband roll-out to reach rural and poorer areas, says telecomms minister

A proposed Information and Communications technology (ICT) policy plans to put measures in place to expand broadband infrastructure from urban areas to poorer and rural communities.

This is according to Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Dr. Siyabonga Cwele, who predicts a rapid deployment in the upcoming months.

Cwele explains that government and the private sector are collaborating to ensure that all South Africans can access fast, reliable and affordable internet services.

After much consultation with industry stakeholders, Cwele advises that government has committed to finalising the ICT policy this year.

The policy will be based on the equality provisions in our Constitution, where we may not discriminate against the poor or rural people.

Dr Siyabonga Cwele

He says the policy will also tackle the convergence of internet and broadcast communication.

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