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Duncan McLeod is editor of TechCentral.

Telkom is inching closer to a deal to sell 20% of its equity to Korea’s KT Corp. Though the foreign direct investment in SA’s economy should be welcomed, there are potential pitfalls government must be careful to avoid. Last week, Telkom announced to

A price war has broken out in SA’s mobile industry. Within minutes of each other on Wednesday, Cell C and Vodacom both announced they were slashing the cost of prepaid call tariffs to 99c/minute. The timing of the announcements suggests at least one of

ZTE Mzanzi has accused its partner, China’s ZTE, of “throwing it under a bus” when it terminated agreements with the local, black-controlled company. It’s also accused it of colluding with competitor Huawei. TechCentral broke the news on Thursday

Relations between Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer ZTE and local partner ZTE Mzanzi appear to have broken down irretrievably. TechCentral has established that ZTE has cancelled its partnership agreement with Mzanzi, in which it has a 40% stake, prompting the latter to file a court papers

First National Bank this week lifted the lid on a new payment mechanism that uses the GPS feature in modern smartphones. It won’t result in the much-hyped cashless society, but it could greatly reduce South Africans’ reliance on cash over time. The new payment feature, which is included in an update to

The African leg of a new submarine telecommunications system that will serve markets in the North and South Atlantic will be ready for service in the first quarter of 2014. The cable will offer high-speed global connectivity to SA, Angola and Nigeria. That’s the word from the Wasace Cable Company, which is building the

Communications minister Dina Pule and shadow minister Marian Shinn clashed in parliament on Tuesday over government policies in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry and a recent department of communications colloquium that discussed

Afrihost has slashed the prices of its business broadband uncapped digital subscriber line (DSL) products by between 30% and 50% following the recent reduction in the fees Telkom charges Internet service providers for access to its “last-mile” network. However, the cuts are in excess of the recent Telkom price reduction

Korea’s KT Corp has made a formal offer to purchase 20% of Telkom. However, it’s offering a significantly reduced price for the stake because of a sharp fall in the value of the shares of the JSE-listed telecommunications group since talks began in October last year. KT Corp is offering R25,60/share, down by nearly

FibreCo, the fibre-optic telecommunications joint venture between Convergence Partners, Cell C and Dimension Data’s Internet Solutions, is keen to extend its fibre network further into Southern Africa, working with partners to do it. Convergence Partners chairman Andile Ngcaba tells TechCentral