The South African government is proposing to create its own national broadband infrastructure company which it hopes will drive down the price of high speed internet use. Johannesburg newspaper Business Day quotes Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin who says authorities are looking at a plan to link the fibre-optic backbone networks owned by state firms Eskom and Transnet under a new umbrella company, Broadband InfraCo. The new nationwide system would then be used by ISPs and would help push down the cost of long-distance connectivity, which is one of the biggest costs for local internet providers. South African broadband prices are among the highest in the world. Broadband InfraCo could be up and running by early next year says Erwin.