'Today's celebrations make us look at how far we have come in the ICT sector'

Today marks the 50th anniversary of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of how the internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can be used to develop communities and to boost economies around the world.

What does this day mean for South Africa?

Read: Icasa goes ahead with legal action against communications minister

According to statistics, our internet penetration sits at 54%, which means just over 30 million South Africans have access to the service.

702's Bongani Bingwa chats to Communications Deputy Minister Pinky Kekana about ongoing progress.

South Africa is ready in as far as the Fourth Industrial Revolution is concerned, and I think today's celebration is another crucial day that also makes us look at how far we have come as a country where ICT issues are concerned.

Pinky Kekana, Deputy minister - Communications Department

There are interventions we are doing as a country, especially in rural areas, we are deploying fibre in schools, clinics and other related fields. It is a matter of us expanding along with those low coverage areas.

Pinky Kekana, Deputy minister - Communications Department

She says once the sixth administration kicks in, the department will finalise the policy directive and will ensure that the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is ready to deal with licensing processes.

When probed on when South Africa will move to digital migration, Kekane had this to say.

We are rolling up our sleeves and we are aggressive in making sure that through municipalities, registration of indigents are happening now as we speak but parallel to that, we want to make sure that manufacturers are ready and that the roll-out of set-top boxes is done.

Pinky Kekana, Deputy minister - Communications Department

Listen below to the full interview:


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