The Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has gazetted a new policy on the deployment of communications networks in South Africa, according to a recent MyBroadband article.
- The policy aims to promote the accelerated deployment of electronic communications networks
- Mobile networks and other licensees the right to select, enter, and use public or private land for the deployment of their network infrastructure
- Any infrastructure built on private land would belong to the network which built it
- Property owners are liable for damage to these facilities
- This also applies to the proposed wholesale open-access network (WOAN)
MyBroadband states that licensees must provide the property owner with a notice that includes the following information:
- The reasons for engaging in the activity
- The date of commencement of such activity
- The objection process to its plans
- The planned location of the installation
- Environmental, water, health, and safety information
- Additionally, owners may not charge companies for building infrastructure on their property, except under certain conditions.
This policy is currently open to written comments from interested parties, and will be until 30 working days after the date of publication.
Comments can be sent to the contacts below: