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Turkcell hits back at MTN in R59bn lawsuit

Turkcell has hit back at rival MTN, accusing the company of advancing “a variety of expected and meritless technical legal defences” as the two companies prepare to square off in the high court in Johannesburg over the awarding

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MTN moves to have R59bn Turkcell suit thrown out

MTN Group has moved to have Turkcell’s $4.2bn (R59bn) lawsuit against it thrown out by the high court in South Africa, arguing, among other things, that several previous attempts by its rival, in other forums, to seek redress against

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Showdown looming over Turkcell’s R53bn MTN claim

MTN’s Turkcell headache just won’t go away. The JSE-listed telecommunications group is headed to court after a legal challenge from the Turkish operator, this time in Johannesburg, over the awarding of its operating licence in

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Former MTN boss joins Smile

Former MTN South Africa CEO Ahmad Farroukh is joining pan-African telecommunications group Smile as executive director for operations with immediate effect. Farroukh quit MTN in July 2015 to take up the top job at Saudi Arabia’s second

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License the 2,6GHz band now: Cell C

Although Cell C supports government’s idea of a national wholesale open-access network (Woan), communications regulator Icasa should not wait any longer to allocate spectrum in the 2,6GHz band. That’s the view of the mobile

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Top CEOs meet over spectrum impasse

The leaders of some of South Africa’s biggest information and communications technology companies, including the four mobile operators, have met and agreed that the only way of resolving the impasse over broadband spectrum

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SA telcos betting big on broadband

The South African economy may be teetering on the brink of a recession, but that isn’t keeping the country’s telecommunications operators from ramping up their capital spending. Telkom, Vodacom, MTN and Cell C, along with a host of smaller players, are all gearing up to make

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Smile raises R5bn, talks of IPO

Smile Telecoms, the wireless broadband communications company founded by former MTN executive Irene Charnley, has raised US$365m (R5bn) in new debt and equity financing to expand its coverage in Tanzania, Uganda and Nigeria and establish its first presence in the

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Ericsson to manage Smile network

Smile Communications has outsourced management of its 4G/LTE networks in all its operations in Africa to Ericsson in a five-year agreement that covers Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The value of the deal has

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SA slipping in mobile broadband: Smile

South Africa is slipping behind some other African markets in providing mobile broadband, Tom Allen, the chief operating officer of Smile Telecommunications, the telecoms operator founded six years ago by former MTN executive Irene Charnley, warned on Wednesday

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