The Electronic Communications Amendment (ECA) Bill was created to implement some of the tenets of the national integrated information and communication technology policy, published in 2016 through amendments to the existing Electronic Communications Act of 2005. It would have introduced significant changes to the local telecommunications sector.
Despite a number of iterations to incorporate other stakeholder inputs, aspects of the bill remained challenged. Furthermore, the parliamentary portfolio committee on telecommunications and postal services identified issues that needed to be addressed.
Dobek Pater, director of business development at Africa Analysis, talks to Classic Business Breakfast with Moneyweb about the impact of withdrawal of the Electronic Communications Amendment.