Browsing: Karel Pienaar

MTN South Africa looks set to launch a commercial Internet protocol television (IPTV) product, quite likely later this year or early next year, as it looks to expand into offering “over-the-top” services on its mobile broadband infrastructure. “If you look at the evolving

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

Mobile operator Cell C is lobbying the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) to delay the reduction in wholesale mobile termination rates on 1 March so that an “urgent market review” can be done to determine the effectiveness of the regulations. “In order to

MTN has moved to play down a report that suggested it has entered into “formal discussions” to sell as many as half of its South African base stations to tower management company American Tower Corp. International telecommunications investment information website

MTN executives have been awarded share options worth more than R50m at the prevailing share price. Group CEO Sifiso Dabengwa has been awarded 94 600 shares, which were worth R16,9m based on Wednesday morning’s near-record share price of R178,88. The shares will vest in three years provided the requirements of MTN’s

MTN and Pick n Pay are poised to launch a mobile bank. Called Tyme, which stands for “take your money everywhere”, the venture will piggyback on the banking licence held by Bank of Athens. Tyme hopes to make mobile money transfers and mobile banking commonplace in South Africa, where consumers

MTN South Africa has undergone a big restructuring. It’s folded its MTN Business subsidiary into its bigger mobile unit so that it is a now division rather than a separate legal entity. The move is meant to ensure that MTN’s corporate customers have one

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 wait for SA consumers wanting to try super-fast, next-generation mobile broadband will soon be over. MTN will probably launch a commercial next-generation broadband network based on long-term evolution (LTE) technology, offering consumers significantly faster access to the Internet, in the fourth quarter of this year

Next month, the gigantic West African Cable System (Wacs) will come online, bringing around 400Gbit/s of submarine fibre capacity to SA at launch. But what does this increase in capacity mean for SA consumers and Internet service providers? Sean Nourse, executive for connectivity at Internet Solutions, says that although the effects of Wacs