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Ex-FNB IT chief in new SA venture

High-profile former First National Bank chief information officer Mike Jarvis, who led a dramatic modernisation of the bank’s IT systems and who left SA in 2000 to return to his native Britain, has returned to the country. Jarvis has established a new business with former Symantec regional director

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Cell C to join 4G fray

Cell C will also switch on a fourth-generation (4G) mobile network using long-term evolution (LTE) technology in 2012, but the company is not saying where this network will be built or how many towers will be supported. CEO Alan Knott-Craig says

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Cell C wants MTN, Vodacom high spenders

Cell C CEO Alan Knott-Craig has vowed to go after the high-spending customers of rivals MTN and Vodacom and the smaller operator’s recent deal with Discovery Vitality and recent cuts in its international tariffs represent first steps in that plan. “We

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SA telecoms status quo ‘not sustainable’

The status quo in SA’s telecommunications industry is “not sustainable” and a wave of consolidation is coming soon. That’s the view of Cell C CEO Alan Knott-Craig, who says he expects a big shake-up in the industry, possibly within the next six months, with smaller players reaching out to each

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Vodacom to Cell C: ‘We will not roll over’

Shameel Joosub has been back at Vodacom — now as its group CEO — for only three weeks, but already he has slashed international call rates in reaction to a similar move by smaller rival Cell C, which is now headed by former Vodacom Group

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Vodacom mulling BEE options

Vodacom is considering whether or not it should conclude another black economic empowerment deal, says newly appointed group CEO Shameel Joosub. However, no decisions are imminent. Joosub says Vodacom wants “harmonisation” between requirements set out in the Electronic Communications Act

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​Vodacom’s 4G launch cities named

Vodacom has revealed that it will launch its fourth-generation (4G) mobile broadband network in Johannesburg, Durban and Pretoria later this year. These are the same cities where MTN said earlier this week it would launch 4G. Like MTN, Vodacom

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Altech joins techs in move to Buccleuch

The stretch of land around the confluence of the M1, N1 and N3 highways at Buccleuch, north of Johannesburg, is turning into something of a corporate information and communications technology hub. Just months after mobile operator Cell C

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Telkom backs down over broadband trial

Telkom has agreed to allow rival Internet service providers to participate in trials to test its speedier broadband fixed-line network. This followed criticism from the Internet Service Providers’ Association (Ispa), an industry body, in which it suggested that the operator’s decision to restrict the tests to its own

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Vodacom, MTN in race to 4G

South Africans may be about to witness a race between SA’s two largest mobile operators, Vodacom and MTN, to be the first to launch commercial fourth-generation (4G) mobile broadband services based on next-generation long-term evolution (LTE) technology. LTE promises much faster downloads over wireless

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