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Vox to connect SA towns

Privately held telecommunications company Vox has announced plans to build a national long-distance fibre network, starting with a link to Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal. The focus will be on areas beyond the

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FNB debuts tap-and-go phone payments

First National Bank has debuted a new version of its transactional banking application that allows users to make payments simply by tapping their smartphones at a contactless point of sale. The new functionality

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Naspers launches ShowMax in Kenya

Naspers’s video-on-demand service, ShowMax, has gone live in Kenya, with the company introducing a new, lower-priced tier, called ShowMax Select, in the East African nation that costs US$3/month (about R45/month). ShowMax Premium, priced at

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Arif Hussain quits FibreCo

FibreCo Telecommunications founding CEO Arif Hussain has resigned to “pursue personal interests”. Simon Harvey has been named interim CEO. Hussain has led FibreCo, which is building and operating

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FNB kills Connect VoIP

First National Bank is pulling the plug on its Connect VoIP voice-over-Internet protocol product, effective 13 November 2016. In a note to customers, FNB said it has made the decision

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Open access could backfire on gov’t: warning

Introducing mandatory open-access wireless networks as part of government policy, as South Africa is planning to do, may come at the expense of investment and innovation, according to new report. Research ICT Africa said in a new policy brief that

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DA slams ‘socialist’ ICT policy white paper

Government’s national integrated ICT policy white paper is “monopolistic on a fundamental level”, is unconstitutional in parts and “entrenches ministerial intervention over critical components” of the ICT sector. This is the warning from the Democratic Alliance

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MTN names call centre outsource partner

MTN South Africa has named Adcorp subsidiary Rightsource as the preferred partner to manage its outsourced call centres. The move, which has been met with union resistance, will see MTN adopt a “hybrid” call centre model in

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How SA data prices really compare

Are South Africans really paying too much for mobile data? Tariffic, a South African company that helps companies and individuals save on their cellphone bills, has set out to determine exactly that by looking at the price

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iPhone 7 gets SA launch date

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, along with the new Apple Watch Series 2, will go on sale in South Africa on 14 October. iStore, owned by Apple distributor Core Group, revealed on Friday morning that the devices will go on sale locally

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