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The National Planning Commission’s revised National Development Plan, handed over to President Jacob Zuma by planning minister Trevor Manuel on Wednesday, has raised the idea of separating Telkom structurally into two businesses, one focused on

Mauritius-based DotConnectAfrica is laying claim to the .africa generic top-level domain (gTLD) for which SA’s ZA Central Registry is the African Union’s endorsed bidder. This is in spite of the fact that DotConnectAfrica inadvertently applied for the wrong domain, at a cost of US$185 000, and is unlikely to succeed in

Last week Republicans seized on news that David Plouffe, a senior advisor in the White House, had accepted $100 000 from a subsidiary of MTN for two speeches he gave in Nigeria shortly before joining the White House staff in 2010. “Today’s story raises serious questions about [US President] Barack Obama’s senior

Telkom’s R449m fine handed down this week for anticompetitive practices could be only the start of its problems. Senior competition lawyers are expecting a string of damages claims from its competitors. The Competition Tribunal found Telkom guilty of anticompetitive practices, which opens

MTN SA is considering selling as much as half of its base station infrastructure in SA to improve the efficiency of its capital structure, says MD Karel Pienaar. “We have been looking at this for a long time,” according to Pienaar, who says the company is weighing the economic pros and cons of selling the towers

The Competition Tribunal has found Telkom guilty of abusing its dominance in the telecommunications market between 1999 and 2004. The company stood accused of abusing its dominance by charging excessive prices, refusing access to an essential facility and engaging in price discrimination thereby making its downstream

Communications minister Dina Pule is in the spotlight after a dossier of allegations against her was leaked to the Mail & Guardian this week. The dossier, substantial elements of which were independently confirmed to the M&G by communication department officials familiar with the circumstances, paints a picture

The recently published Electronic Communications Amendment Bill proposes the creation of a new Spectrum Management Agency responsible for all spectrum allocation in SA. Assignment of frequencies will be divided between the new agency and the sector regulator, the Independent Communications of Authority of SA

Justin Arenstein, 42, is an award-winning journalist, digital media strategist and media rights activist who believes the media’s role may become less one of reportage and more one of analysis as digital media grows and traditional media is forced to adapt or close shop. Key to the shift that Arenstein believes is

Six months after Lulama Mokhobo took over as the group CEO of the SABC there is little indication that the state broadcaster can turn around its moribund news offering while rival takes the gap to bag viewers. Although the figures do fluctuate because of many variables,’s 7pm news