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Mobile subscriber numbers in South Africa

Fri 10 May, 2019

MTN has published its quarterly trading update for the period ended 31 March 2019, outlining its subscriber number changes since the beginning of 2019. The mobile operator saw a service revenue increase of 5.6% year-over-year in South Africa, with data revenue increasing by 3.1%.... Read more

MTN launches 1MB auto-renewing data bundle

Fri 10 May, 2019

MTN has launched an auto-renewing data bundle similar to Vodacom’s Data Refill service. The mobile network operator has sent a message to subscribers to inform them that they will be automatically subscribed to the service next month... Read more

Vodacom keeps changing the reason it claims to be SA’s best network

Thu 09 May, 2019

Vodacom is still breaking advertising rules by claiming to be "SA's best network", the appeals committee of the Advertising Regulatory Board (ARB) says – and it is not covering itself in glory by doing so.... Read more

Cell C in deep financial trouble – Drastic measures considered

Mon 25 Mar, 2019

Cell C is in deep financial trouble and the company and its shareholders are now considering drastic measures to save the mobile operator. This is according to well-placed industry sources who told MyBroadband that Cell C continues to suffer because of its high debt burden. Cell C told MyBroadband that it is currently in R8.9-billion debt, as per its latest financial results.... Read more

Load shedding will hit data prices, cellphone companies warn

Wed 20 Mar, 2019

South African cellular providers warn that continued load shedding will limit their ability to cut data prices. This as operators spend millions on emergency power supplies and security for cellular towers across the country. Rain South Africa, the country’s newest cellular provider, said they have already installed backup power supplies at all towers, and generators at key sites.... Read more

Telkom accused of deliberately stalling number porting

Mon 18 Mar, 2019

South Africa launched number portability in 2006 with the ability of mobile users to port their telephone numbers between cellular networks. This facility aimed at boosting competition within the country’s historically-uncompetitive telecoms sector has been wildly-successful with more than eight million people choosing to change their mobile network operator without losing their mobile number. In addition, over one million geographic numbers have been po... Read more

'My Telkom fraud nightmare' - clients desperate to cancel are easy victims

Fri 01 Mar, 2019

Desperation makes you vulnerable to being scammed - and that is what's been happening to some Telkom customers who have spent months trying to cancel their contracts. Opportunistic fraudsters have been preying on those who have gone on to Telkom's Facebook page to find out why their cancellation requests have not been actioned.... Read more

Vodacom blames expensive data on government

Mon 07 Jan, 2019

South African data prices could be much cheaper if network providers weren’t hampered by the state’s delay in allocating 4G radio spectrum, South Africa’s largest cellular network provider Vodacom said on Thursday.... Read more

The astonishing story behind the Please Call Me fight between Vodacom and MTN

Thu 03 Jan, 2019

The battle centres around fair compensation for Makate’s idea which led to the “Please Call Me” service – but many people now know that the service was not his invention.... Read more

Telkom client billed for 2 years after cancelling account

Mon 07 Jan, 2019

Customers who have received service cancellation confirmations from Telkom continue to receive invoices, according to numerous reports we have received – and their bank accounts continue to be debited on a monthly basis.... Read more

Vodacom faces shutdown threat over ‘Please Call Me’ settlement

Sat 26 Jan, 2019

In five days time Vodacom will have to agree to pay the inventor of the Please Call Me service a settlement or possibly suffer a global backlash. Protesters plan to march on Vodacom offices on January 31, demanding that Nkosana Makate is paid proper compensation. The threat comes weeks after Makate called an offer by Vodacom an insult.... Read more


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