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Call quality: how SA’s operators stack up

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has published the the long-awaited results of its quality-of-service tests for South Africa’s three largest mobile networks, Vodacom, MTN and Cell C. Their networks were tested in Gauteng, the Eastern Cape, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, and

Cell C forces 8ta to withdraw ads

A Cell C complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority has resulted in Telkom’s mobile business, 8ta, withdrawing claims it made in an advertising campaign that it had South Africa’s lowest call rate, in the process earning a further warning from the authority. In its complaint

Telkom debuts new ‘unlimited’ call plans

Telkom’s mobile arm has introduced new contract plans that offer unlimited on-network mobile calls as well as unlimited calling to one user-designated fixed-line number. Some of the new Telkom Mobile “SmartPlan” and “SmartSaver” contract voice plans also offer access to free Wi-Fi

Vodacom tackles MTN with new tariff plan

Vodacom is taking direct aim at its biggest rival, MTN, announcing a new prepaid tariff plan, Anytime Per Second, on Tuesday that competes head-on with MTN’s One Rate plan. MTN recently cut the price of its One Rate calling plan from R1,75/minute

Telkom lifts lid on new mobile brand

Telkom has unveiled a redesigned brand for Telkom Mobile, it’s cellular arm, saying the change, which involves a de-emphasis of the name 8ta, reflects the fact that the company is now “mature enough” to attract higher-spending customers away from longer

‘8ta is Telkom’

8ta, the consumer mobile arm of telecommunications operator Telkom, has agreed to sponsor South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) for the next five years. This puts paid to talk, initiated by Telkom, that the 8ta brand was to be retired in favour of Telkom Mobile. Telkom

Duncan McLeod
Icasa must favour the little guys

Ladies and gentleman, we have a price war. South Africa’s mobile operators are competing more aggressively with one another on price than at any other time in the industry’s 20-year history. Prepaid rates, in particular, have tumbled. And, whatever telecommunications industry bosses argue

Telkom now says 8ta name to stay

Just a day after saying it would phase out the 8ta name for its consumer mobile brand, Telkom appears to be backpedalling a bit. In a media statement issued on Saturday, the JSE-listed telecommunications operator says the 8ta brand will not be discontinued but will instead be “repositioned

TalkCentral: Ep 79 – ‘From the front line’

Craig Wilson and Duncan McLeod delve straight into the latest developments in South Africa’s prepaid price war in this week’s episode of TalkCentral, the podcast brought to you by TechCentral, the home of South Africa’s best technology journalism. Also in the podcast this week

Telkom ‘insane’ to drop 8ta brand

Telkom’s decision to phase out the well-known 8ta trademark and to rename its consumer cellular business Telkom Mobile could hurt the brand given that the telecommunications operator has a tarnished reputation among many consumers. In

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