Data price hike warning for South Africa
Mon 27 Sep, 2021

Telkom warns that Icasa will inadvertently cause degradation in mobile network quality and an increase in data costs. This is because Icasa plans to take back the radio frequency spectrum that it temporarily assigned at the start of South Africa’s national state of disaster due to the Covid–19 pandemic. If the regulator follows through on its plan, it will likely lead to a negative effect on the South African economy at a time when we can least afford ...

Alphabet’s laser-Internet sends 700TB of data with 99.9% uptime
Thu 23 Sep, 2021

Google's parent company, Alphabet, is still experimenting with hooking up remote towns to the Internet via frickin' laser beams. Today, Alphabet's moonshot "X Lab" shared an update on Project Taara, its experimental point-to-point optical communication system, often described as "fiber optics without the fiber." The company built a working installation in Africa and has been blasting a 20Gbps link about 5 km across the Congo River to a town of millions of ...

Big business slams Icasa over spectrum withdrawal
Wed 22 Sep, 2021

Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has torn strips off communications regulator Icasa over its intention to withdraw temporary spectrum from operators at the end of November. Speaking to television news channel Newzoom Afrika on Tuesday, BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso said that if Icasa proceeds with its plan to take back the spectrum, it will be tantamount to creating "digital load shedding". "We are saying as business that the timing makes no sense," Mavuso s...

Vumatel and DFA now worth R27 billion
Wed 22 Sep, 2021

Remgro released its financial results for the year ended 30 June 2021, which revealed a strong performance of Community Investment Ventures Holdings (CIVH). CIVH is a growing telecommunications player through its subsidiaries, Vumatel and Dark Fibre Africa Proprietary (DFA). These two companies did well during the pandemic....

New R499 Rain 5G service tested - with impressive results
Wed 22 Sep, 2021

Rain’s new Unlimited Home 5G Basic service, which costs R499 per month, is an excellent option for people who want an affordable, uncapped broadband service for their home. This was MyBroadband’s finding after we tested the product in a real-world environment to assess its performance....

DStv Internet service launched in deal with MTN
Tue 21 Sep, 2021

MultiChoice Group has launched a fixed-wireless Internet access service called DStv Internet in South Africa offering three data packages designed for streaming media. Aimed at consumers who do not have access to fibre services, DStv Internet forms part of what the subscription broadcasting giant refers to as its “ongoing evolution from a traditional video entertainment business”. “DStv Internet is a fixed-wireless-access service, which means that cu...

Blistering fast mobile broadband speeds in South Africa recorded
Tue 21 Sep, 2021

The latest data recorded through MyBroadband’s speed test app revealed that Vodacom and MTN produced speeds over 700Mbps on their mobile networks. The peak speed recorded on Vodacom’s network was 732Mbps using a Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G in Noordwyk, Midrand — next to the Vodacom Offices....

Rain’s cheap uncapped 5G — learning from its 4G mistakes
Tue 21 Sep, 2021

Rain is ensuring that there is enough capacity on its 5G network to sustain the rollout of its cheaper uncapped package for R499 per month. "As we roll out the network, we add coverage and capacity," Rain CEO Brandon Leigh told MyBroadband. "So the rollout of more sites is the biggest contributor to adding capacity to the network."...

Why you pay more for faster fibre in South Africa
Mon 20 Sep, 2021

For fibre network operators who have built their infrastructure using Active Ethernet technology, it costs them no more to offer a 10Mbps line than it does 1Gbps. Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON), an alternative technology, works on different principles. It offers cost savings but at a performance penalty. Vumatel is a major user of Active Ethernet technology, whereas its competitors like Openserve generally use GPON....

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Is Rain really worth as much as Telkom?

African Rainbow Capital (ARC) reported its full-year results for 2021 last week. The group reported a 16.3% rise in its so-called intrinsic portfolio value to R12.3-billion, albeit that once the recent dilutive capital raise is ex... Read more

Spectrum crisis: It’s time for the new minister to show her mettle

Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has hardly had a chance to warm the chair in her new office in Pretoria. Yet the newly appointed communications minister needs to act with haste to try to resolve the spectrum licensing crisis that is now engu... Read more

New Rain 5G deals crush Vodacom and MTN’s offers

Rain’s uncapped 5G data packages offer significant savings over similar packages from MTN and Vodacom. Rain recently released an affordable, uncapped 5G data plan that offers speeds of up to 25Mbps for home use at R499 per month... Read more

RICA is a joke

The Designated Judge for the Interception of Communications, Justice Bess Nkabinde, has revealed that there is no way for her office to verify whether the applications they receive from law enforcement are truthful or not. Nkabind... Read more

Openserve bets on fibre-on-demand strategy for growth

elkom’s Openserve wholesale unit is pinning its hopes on a new fibre-on-demand service, as part of its strategy to expand its fibre footprint across SA’s under-served and marginalised areas. The fibre network operator bills it... Read more

TooMuchWifi offers R4 per gig internet connection in CT townships

A Cape Town-based internet service provider, TooMuchWifi, is offering cheap internet to the city’s townships for R4 per gigabyte. According to the company, TooMuchWifi provides fibre-backed internet connection, which works great... Read more

Fibre Optic Links at Risk from Huge Solar Storm

Once every 100 years or so our sun emits a massive Coronal Mass Ejection (CMEs) and these can be enough to cause damage to certain electrical systems, satellites and power grids etc. But a new study has also warned of an “intern... Read more

Study reveals that majority of people think smartphones and internet ruin wellbeing

A new study from the Saudi-based cultural institute, Ithra, suggests that around 44 percent of people are worried about their wellbeing, which they think is affected by smartphones and the internet. The survey reveals that over 42... Read more

Cape Town’s Best Internet Service Provider Revealed

If you go out for a meal, and that meal disappoints, you only get let down once. The same can be said for a coffee shop, or a farmstall, or a local market. But if your internet service provider (ISP) lets you down, then you’re c... Read more

Telkom drops its 1GB, 1.5GB data package prices

Not to be outdone by any of the country’s other mobile operators, Telkom is the latest to cut prices of its 1GB and 1.5GB mobile data packages by just enough to make it the cheapest prepaid prices. The telecoms company announced... Read more

Cell C ‘defrauded’ of R357m over eight years

Afraud scam to the tune of R357.3‑million allegedly from a “syndicate” led by a former Cell C information technology executive has highlighted the telecommunications company’s financial woes after it posted a R5.5-billion ... Read more

South Africa facing ‘digital load shedding’, warns MTN

Telecommunications company MTN has warned that the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa’s) decision to take back temporary radio frequency spectrum on 30 November could lead to ‘digital load shedding... Read more

Has your fibre connection been a bit dodgy lately? You are not the only one

MANY South Africans have experienced various problems with their fibre connection this week, across internet service providers (ISPs). According to a study by Old Mutual, over half of the working population work from home when nee... Read more

MTN cuts data prices to match Vodacom’s

MTN South Africa has cut data prices with a 30-day validity, in some instances by as much as 60%. The headline price for 1GB of ad hoc data is now R85, from R99 previously, matching rival Vodacom’s pricing. The reduced data pric... Read more

What Vodacom bosses are paid

Shameel Joosub earned R55-million before tax in the 2021 financial year, a 26% increase on the previous year’s R43.4-million, according to a regulatory filing. Tax, however, zapped a big chunk of that pie, with Joosub left with ... Read more

Vodacom doubles fibre roll-out in South Africa amid solid revenue growth

Vodacom Group on Tuesday (18 May) reported results for the year ended March 2021 showing an 8.3% rise in group revenue up 8.3%, to R98.3 billion, supported by service revenue growth of 5.8%. Service revenue for South Africa grew 7... Read more

Telkom to spin off towers business in separate listing

In an effort to unlock shareholder value trapped in its corporate structure, Telkom has announced it will seek a JSE listing for its masts and towers business. The telecommunications group, which is about 40% owned by government, ... Read more

Openserve will double its fibre speeds at no extra cost

Come March 2021, Openserve fibre clients should see a significant increase in their internet speeds. Not by some fluke, mind you. Telkom’s fibre division has announced that it is doubling customer fibre connection speeds at no a... Read more

Telkom crashes through R30/share as sell-off continues

Telkom fell through R30/share on Thursday as the six-month-long slide in its share price — which has now wiped out more than 70% of its market value — continues. The share fell to as low as R29.66 in intraday trading, giving i... Read more

Cell C vows to act against 'syndicates' behind number-porting scams

Mobile operator Cell C has assured customers it will get to the bottom of illegal number-porting scams. The assurance came on Thursday as some customers grappled with having fallen victim to the scam in which a number is effectiv... Read more

Tower fight to Concourt for Telkom and City of Cape Town

The DA-run metro put its foot down against Telkom, accusing the telecommunications giant of bulldozing its way and erecting the tower in a piece of land zoned only for residential property. Put up in 2016 at a property of Hilda Is... Read more


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