Browsing: Karel Pienaar

MTN SA urgently requires access to spectrum bands that will allow it to build a commercial network using next-generation long-term evolution (LTE) technology and MD Karel Pienaar believes the operator should be given early access ahead of a formal spectrum licensing process by the Independent Communications

MTN’s head office in Fairland in north-western Johannesburg was evacuated on Monday morning following an apparent bomb scare. Employees have since returned to work after the threat was declared a hoax. Employees began tweeting about the incident shortly after 10am, with one saying

MTN has awarded its group president and CEO Sifiso Dabengwa 111 600 shares worth R15,9m. The shares vest in three years in accordance with the group’s share plan in terms of which certain performance targets must be met. The options were awarded at a share price of R142,12. At the same time, the group

And here they are. TechCentral’s top five newsmakers of 2011. Our “Newsmakers of the Year” award is presented to individuals we believe had the biggest impact on SA’s technology sector in the past 12 months. For the most part, they’re also the the people who made the headlines during the

MTN SA chief financial officer Zunaid Bulbulia came to the telecommunications industry almost by accident. It was December 1993 and Bulbulia, the son of a shoe salesman, was doing his articles for his CA degree at a Johannesburg accounting firm when he was asked by one of the firm’s senior

MTN SA MD Karel Pienaar is a smiling but imposing figure whose name commands respect in the halls of the company’s gleaming 14th Avenue head office in Fairlands, Johannesburg. Impossible as it sounds, having been part of MTN’s bid for a licence in SA, technically the

President Jacob Zuma’s decision to redeploy communications minister Roy Padayachie and his deputy, Obed Bapela, has drawn mixed reaction from the information and communications technology industry, with one analyst saying he was “stunned” by the move

MTN SA MD Karel Pienaar has scotched rumours that the mobile operator is in talks to buy Wireless Business Solutions (WBS), the parent company of wireless operator iBurst. Pienaar tells TechCentral that MTN has held exploratory discussions with iBurst

MTN has been running a long-term evolution (LTE) trial in recent weeks in parts of Johannesburg and Pretoria. TechCentral’s Craig Wilson put the network through its paces and was suitably impressed. LTE is a mobile broadband system that some network

Some of the broadband packages being offered by mobile operators are not sustainable in the short or the medium term but may become so in a few years once mobile networks based on long-term evolution (LTE) technology become more pervasive. That’s the view