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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 ... Read more


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 ... Read more


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.... Read more


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.... Read more


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... Read more


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."... Read more


Telkom to spin off towers business in separate listing

Sun 21 Feb, 2021

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, confirmed in a statement to shareholders on Tuesday that will seek a separate listing for Swiftnet, the masts and towers business held by subsidiary Gyro.... Read more


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.... Read more


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... Read more


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

Mon 20 Sep, 2021

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 engulfing the ICT sector. More than a decade after South Africa should have licensed spectrum suitable for 4G/LTE services, the process has once again been thrown into chaos, this time following legal action by Telkom and eMedia Holdi... Read more


Is Rain really worth as much as Telkom?

Mon 20 Sep, 2021

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 excluded, the group saw its intrinsic net asset value (INAV) fall 8.1% year on year. Plenty has been written about this holding company’s expensive external management company and the fees it charges, so I won’t revisit this oth... Read more



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