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City of CT 'not allowed to say no' to fibre companies going on digging sprees

Thu 29 Nov, 2018

The City of Cape Town says it's compelled by law to allow fibre infrastructure providers to lay their networks across neighbourhoods in the city. This comes after some complaints from residents about the disruptions caused every time a provider digs up trenches to lay down infrastructure.... Read more

WATCH: Vodacom store in Polokwane mall trashed

Sun 02 Dec, 2018

The Vodacom store at Mall of the North was vandalised during a protest led by a group claiming to be Economic Freedom Fighters (Eff) members earlier this afternoon. Patrons at the mall caught some of the chaos on videos and photos.... Read more

CellC users get 1GB after load shedding interrupts service

Sat 01 Dec, 2018

South Africa's third largest network, Cell C, has apologised to its users who were on Saturday left without network for approximately 2 hours. The network provider said in a tweet that the network outage was due to a data centre that "experienced a power surge due to load shedding, which tripped the air-conditioning".... Read more

Download speeds on cellphones are now much faster than wifi in South Africa

Tue 27 Nov, 2018

South Africa is in a growing minority of countries where mobile data connections are on average faster than wifi hotspot connections, according to OpenSignal's newly released report that compared those connections in 80 countries. "The perception that mobile networks are inferior to wifi has persisted, wrongly,” says author of the report Ian Fogg.... Read more

MTN vs Vodacom disappearing airtime tests

Tue 27 Nov, 2018

The phenomenon of “disappearing airtime” reared its ugly head again recently, with many customers reporting that their airtime was vanishing despite their devices not being used. After an investigation into a large number of cases reported on MTN’s network, MyBroadband discovered that this was the result of fraudulent subscriptions to WASP services.... Read more

SA exceeds 1.2m Internet domain name registrations

Tue 20 Nov, 2018

outh Africa has the leading domain name market in Africa, surpassing 1.2 million registrations of names ending in .za, across all the second level domains (SLDs). This is according to ZA Central Registry (ZACR), the register and administrator of SA's presence on the Web.... Read more

Google’s high-flying balloons to provide Internet in Africa

Fri 16 Nov, 2018

Internet to rural Africa has proven vexing for companies that have tried — and largely failed — with strategies ranging from drones to satellites. Now, a sister company of Google says it has the answer: balloons.... Read more

Russia stifled mobile network during protests: document

Fri 16 Nov, 2018

Russian authorities ordered two mobile operators to cut most access to mobile data services in the region of Ingushetia as protesters were massing outside government offices there, according to a document from the state telecoms regulator.... Read more

EE and Virgin Media fined £13.3m for overcharging customers

Thu 08 Nov, 2018

Virgin Media immediately said it would appeal against the telecoms regulator’s “unreasonable, unjustified and disproportionate” £7m fine. EE, which was responsible for overcharging nearly 80% of the almost 500,000 customers affected across both companies, received a smaller fine of £6.3m. This was because Ofcom decided to reduce its initial £9m fine by 30% to “reflect that EE admitted the breaches and agreed to settle the case”.... Read more

New Zealand rejects mobile carrier's plan to use Huawei 5G equipment

Wed 28 Nov, 2018

New Zealand blocked its top telecom firm from using Huawei equipment for its 5G mobile network, dealing another blow to the Chinese tech company's ambitions to become a leader in the next generation wireless technology.... Read more

MTN pillories ‘draconian and irrational’ telecoms bill

Wed 28 Nov, 2018

Government’s telecommunications bill, if enacted without radical changes, will have a “devastating” effect on the ICT sector, destroying the incentives that have led to almost universal mobile coverage in South Africa. That’s according to MTN, which has submitted written comments on the contentious Electronic Communications Amendment Bill ahead of parliamentary hearings on the subject this Thursday.... Read more


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