We need our own 5G policy
MINISTER of Communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams gave several talks at the recently held AfricaCom.
The biggest telecoms and technology event took place in Cape Town. Ndabeni-Abrahams discussed the role the government was playing in the 4IR movement.
“One of the key enablers in the Fourth Industrial Revolution is 5G. It is important as a country that we come up with our own 5G policy. Icasa will in the next six months come back with a study on the ecosystem of the 5G so that by the time we license, we know exactly what is it that we are dealing with and what we will benefit from it.
“We are making a commitment to this country and the people investing in it that we will not delay the licensing of 5G like we did with 4G.
“I’ve had to make sure I follow all the processes and I do consultations to limit any probabilities of being litigated (against), because that has been what has been delaying the spectrum process,” she said.
Ndabeni-Abrahams said she had to see and learn over the last seven years the work being done in communications.
“We have to have a 5G policy. It is in my interest to grow the economy, to leverage in the 5G licensing and the technologies that will be utilised so that the people of this country also get the economic status to change and be able to create jobs.”
She said the only way to make sure people were at the centre was to provide them with the skills they needed.
“We are here to look at the linkages of the entire 4IR ecosystem.
“We should not fall into a trap of wanting to isolate 4IR to just technologies and spectrum. We are a continent that is great in telling stories. How do we build on that to leverage in 4IR technologies?
“We have developed the digital skills strategy which will be taken to the Cabinet for approval.”
Ndabeni-Abrahams said higher education needed to change the curriculum.
“We want to hear from the industry what efforts they are putting in place to work with government,” she said.
Ndabeni-Abrahams said the government wanted to see every South African participating in the economy, thereby narrowing the inequality gap. | @mane_mpi