Browsing: Alan Knott-Craig

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How Makate won the ‘please call me’ case

The constitutional court’s scathing judgment that ordered Vodacom to compensate Nkosana Makate for his “please call me” idea, in theory, brings an end to a legal case akin to a David vs Goliath battle. The case, which was before the high court in

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Makate says he still respects Knott-Craig

Inventor of Vodacom’s “please call me” service, Nkosana Makate, says he doesn’t have any hard feelings towards telecoms veteran Alan Knott-Craig. The constitutional court on Tuesday

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Knott-Craig under fire in concourt judgment

The constitutional court has slammed former Vodacom executives’ version of how the company’s “please call me” product was conceived. The constitutional court on Tuesday morning found Vodacom was bound by an agreement with Nkosana Makate

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Inside the Cell C, Blue Label tie-up

Cell C intends listing on the JSE within the next few years to unlock value for shareholders and staff. This comes in the wake of news this week that Blue Label Telecoms has tabled an offer to acquire a 35% stake in South Africa’s third mobile operator for R4bn

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All options on the table for Cell C

As Telkom walked away from buying Cell C this week, the mobile operator’s parent, the Dubai-headquartered Oger Telecom, has said a sale is not the only option under consideration. Although

Duncan McLeod
Consumer ire misplaced as Vodacom hikes rates

When Vodacom announced 10 days ago that it will hike the subscription fees of a range of contract tariff plans from 1 May, it caught consumers by surprise. Many took to social media networks and the comments sections of news websites to voice their displeasure

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Sting in the tail of Cell C 66c offer

There’s a nasty sting in the tail of Cell C’s new 66c/minute prepaid calling plan. The operator has quietly introduced an out-of-bundle charge of R2/MB for data on the plan, more than double the 99c/MB it charges on its “99c For Real” prepaid option. An observant TechCentral reader noticed the higher out-of-bundle rate

Dirk de Vos
Say ‘no’ to Vodacom, Neotel deal

There is a certain irony in the fact that at the same time that our cellphone companies are announcing dramatic cuts to both their data and call rates in what appears to be a price war, we are also confronted by announcements on proposed tie-ups that, if concluded, will reduce competition in the sector. The irony is no coincidence. Cell C’s effort to win market

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Vodacom faces competition probe

Vodacom has revealed that the Competition Commission has decided to investigate a complaint lodged by Cell C, in which the smaller mobile operator has accused its larger rival of abusing its dominance in contravention of the law. “The group received a complaint from the Competition Commission in which it is alleged that Vodacom

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Cell C to pump billions into network

Third mobile operator Cell C intends investing R2,3bn in growing its national network in 2014, to address capacity problems and to cater for a fast expanding subscriber base. The operator said on Tuesday that it had 16,6m subscribers at the end of April, a sharp

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