Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Even Uganda hates Telkom

I really really really enjoyed this story into today's Business Day. It's about how Uganda's communications minister told everyone that our telecommunications regulations are so utterly useless. This is the first time I've ever seen an Africa official be so derogatory about a South African policy of any kind. Rocking.

My favourite bit:

When MTN first bid to enter Uganda, his [the Ugandan's] government had been suspicious of letting it operate there as it appeared to be struggling to win licences at home. A great deal of due diligence was carried out on MTN by the authorities, he said.

“It took them a long time to convince us that in SA the regulations are that bad,” Nsambu said. “Your government should provide such companies with a certificate to say the companies are good but they don’t meet our requirements because we have our own regulations,” he told Mangena [our Minister of Science and Technology - admittedly the wrong Minister to tell, but who cares].

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