Regulators should lend more support to smaller mobile operators to help them break the dominance of Vodacom and MTN, Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko told the Competition Commission on Thursday.
MTN South Africa’s data prices will tumble when it gets access to new radio frequency spectrum, CEO Godfrey Motsa told the Competition Commission in Pretoria on Thursday.
Of the 21 countries in which MTN operates, its South African operation has the least spectrum assigned to it outside countries that face conflict situations.
Vodacom simply doesn’t have the network capacity to be able to sell access to its network on a wholesale basis to South African Internet service providers, CEO Shameel Joosub said on Thursday.
Vodacom said on Thursday it is working with device manufacturers to introduce enhanced voice services – known as super high-definition voice or HD Voice+, on its network in South Africa.
South Africa’s Echo Service Provider has reached a deal to merge with the Internet service provider operations of Gondwana International Networks in markets across Africa.
The Internet Service Providers’ Association has urged the Competition Commission to force South Africa’s mobile network operators to open their networks on a wholesale basis to ISPs.
The Competition Commission should force the mobile operators to split themselves into separate wholesale and retail businesses, the Right2Know Campaign said on Wednesday.
Mobile operators have begun distinguishing between different kinds of traffic and providing differentiated data bundles for streaming and social media services.
Telkom is in talks with Zimbabwe’s state-owned mobile telecommunications operator, NetOne, as the government weighs the privatisation of the business, Bloomberg reported.