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VoIP in SA : Two Years and Counting …

ATSOverview: Two years and counting … The ministerial directive legalising VOIP in South Africa usage took effect two years ago. Not much has happened since, or has it?

VOIP officially became legal on 1 February 2005 and the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) issued 087 number ranges to the value-added network service (VANS) providers in November 2005. At the time of writing, progress had been slow at best, but at least it has been made.

Widespread VOIP adoption is dependent on several things, the first being affordable bandwidth. While it is possible to use VOIP over low-speed lines with high contention ratios, as many Skype users do, this is not feasible for corporate users.

Telecoms costs concern call centres. Implementation of voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP), reducing telecommunications costs and the regulatory environment were the main topics that concerned delegates at a conference in Cape Town.

Interconnection kills the VOIP star? There is market speculation that Telkom will announce interconnection charges for Internet service providers (ISPs) that could damage the business case for emerging markets to provide voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP).

Interconnection: The key to unlocking telecoms markets. South Africa’s telecoms marketplace has been awash in raised expectations for years now: first the cellular companies, then voice over IP (VOIP) and now Neotel (previously known as the SNO) have all been expected to slash prices, raise quality and generally transform the market.

Tellumat makes bid for promising WiMax market. So far, ICASA has granted licences for commercial WiMax services to Telkom, Neotel, Sentech and iBurst, as well as the holders of underserviced area licences (USALs). Certain of the USALs are already planning and deploying WiMax for broadband, VOIP (voice over IP) and other telecommunications services in their particular areas.

Africa still a broadband backwater. A new report shows that despite all the hype about Africa boosting its global position by harnessing new technologies such as 3G to enable millions of new urban and rural businesses, actual broadband penetration will reach no more than a paltry seven million subscribers by 2011. – The author also says that those African nations that are resisting the introduction and implementation of liberalised telecoms regimes should pay close attention to what is happening in the Republic of South Africa. There, while mobile telephony is growing at a phenomenal rate, in the fixed line sector the monopoly control over DSL still maintained by the state carrier Telkom has resulted in stagnation and a high-speed penetration rate of less than half of one percent.

Namibia beats SA in WiMax race. Internet Service Provider Namibia MWeb has begun broadband wireless services through the use of WiMax technology. “The reason this is so exciting for us is because we are ahead of our supposedly technological advanced neighbour SA, and we’re also one of the first in Africa,” says Marc Gregan, newly appointed GM of Namibia MWeb.

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February 13, 2007 Posted by | Viper News SA | 1 Comment