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Vodacom inch closer to finalising its R35 billion acquisition

Tue 18 Jul, 2017

Vodacom’s multi-billion rand acquisition of Safaricom, Kenya’s integrated communications company on Tuesday received a shot in the arm after a minority shareholder gave the transaction the green light. Earlier this year, the telecoms giants announced that it had agreed to buy a 35 percent stake in Safaricom in a deal worth R35 billion.... Read more

MTN opens up fibre network

Tue 18 Jul, 2017

MTN is opening up its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) access network to other Internet service providers (ISPs). From September, independent ISPs will be able to provide value-added services to customers via MTN's wholesale broadband fibre connection division.... Read more

Telkom’s wholesale ADSL price “a severe bottleneck”

Tue 11 Jul, 2017

Internet Solutions believes that Telkom’s IP Connect charge has created a severe bottleneck which limits the growth of broadband services in South Africa. This is according to Greg Montjoie, the executive for carrier and connectivity at Internet Solutions.... Read more

Cable break downs Sat-3

Fri 14 Jul, 2017

The Sat-3 cable has been cut 53km into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Cape Town, though the impact on services for consumers has been minimal, Telkom subsidiary Openserve said on Friday. Openserve has diverted international traffic along other routes to mitigate the impact.... Read more

#DataMustFall: Costs to be probed after public outcry

Mon 10 Jul, 2017

Data cost in SA is among the highest in the world and therefore the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is holding an inquiry as to why this is so. The inquiry comes after a public outcry over excessive costs of mobile data, including the Twitter campaign, #DataMustFall. Siya Qoza, spokesperson for Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Service Siyabonga Cwele, said the minister asked the Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim... Read more

SA users spurning cheaper data deals

Wed 19 Jul, 2017

Despite offering data plans that, on face value, are significantly cheaper than its rivals, consumers are not flocking to Telkom’s network, according to new report by Research ICT Africa. The price of 1GB of data in South Africa from the “dominant” operators has remained consistent at between R149 and R160 for the past two years. Despite offering 1GB for R99, Telkom appears unable to exert pricing pressure on the other operators, the researchers said... Read more

Openserve again slashes wholesale broadband prices

Wed 19 Jul, 2017

Telkom’s Openserve has announced sweeping price cuts to its wholesale broadband IP Connect pricing and to its fibre access portfolio as competition in South Africa’s fixed broadband market intensifies. The price cuts come on top of price reductions that Openserve, Telkom’s wholesale services arm, announced in May and which took effect in June. “When pricing is adjusted down next month, the organisation’s wholesale clients, which purchase IP Conne... Read more

Openserve cuts wholesale ADSL and fibre-to-the-home prices

Thu 18 May, 2017

Openserve has announced price reductions for its IP Connect (IPC) product, which is used by Internet service providers for ADSL, VDSL, and fibre-to-the-home products. Depending on the IPC capacity purchased, ISPs can now benefit from price reductions of up to 32%, effective from 1 June 2017.... Read more

Telkom increases line rental prices

Tue 28 Mar, 2017

Telkom will increase it analogue line rental price from R189 to R199, including VAT, from 1 April 2017. The new monthly tariffs for Telkom line rentals are as follows: Residential service – R199.00 Social Pensioners – R99.50 Customers 70 and over – R139.30 ... Read more

5G to feature 20Gbps download speed, 1ms latency

Sat 25 Feb, 2017

Finally, the specifications of the much awaited generation mobile networks (5G technology) for IMT-2020 were revealed in a draft report by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). However, the final specification set will be decided by November 2017. ITU is the UN agency, which coordinates telecommunication operations and services throughout the world.... Read more

Nigerian Telcos, Others Test Gigabit Class LTE

Mon 12 Dec, 2016

Peak data speeds over 900Mbps were recorded using Ericsson Radio Access Network equipment and a Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE modem mobile test device.Gigabit Class LTE means up to one billion bits of information delivered to a mobile device in a mere second. In technical terms, that’s LTE Category 16.... Read more


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