The South African government wants to develop big data policy.
Speaking at Telkom’s Satnac conference in the Western Cape on Monday, department of telecommunications & postal services director-general Robert Nkuna said the country wants to develop a big data policy.
“We are going to develop a big data policy on how this country will exploit big data,e specially one being held by government.
The term “Big Data” may have been around for some time now, but there is still quite a lot of confusion about what it actually means. In truth, the concept is continually evolving and being reconsidered, as it remains the driving force behind many ongoing waves of digital transformation, including artificial intelligence, data science and the Internet of Things.
But what exactly is Big Data and how is it changing our world?
The term “Big Data” refers to the collection of all this data and our ability to use it to our advantage across a wide range of areas, including business.
Nkuna also added that South Africa will be among the first countries to deploy 5G networks.
“We are going to the WRC (World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) taking place in October and November 2019 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt) in at the end of next year. This will define and finalise the 5G standards,” Nkuna said.
He also calls on the private sector to lead on 5G deployment because government has limited resources to do this.
He added that the department was working with communications watchdog Icasa to determine which frequency bands will be needed for 5G.