Communications regulator Icasa has served notice on operators that it will withdraw temporary spectrum allocated under the Covid-19 regulations at the end of November. This is wrongheaded. By Duncan McLeod.
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Cell C CEO Douglas Craigie Stevenson has criticised Telkom over its narrative that there is an abusive “duopoly” between Vodacom and MTN in South Africa’s mobile market, saying this argument no longer holds water.
Standard Bank’s mobile virtual network operator, or MVNO, has launched aggressively priced fixed-LTE solutions, with prices as low as R139 for 50GB of data for its top-tier banking clients.
MTN Group is once again worth more than rival Vodacom Group after a surge in the former’s share price following publication of solid interim results last week.
MTN Group is set to complete the sale and leaseback of South African towers by the end of next month, while a separation of both the fintech and fibre units is also under way.
MTN South Africa has turned in a resilient financial performance in the first six months of the financial year to June, with both margin expansion and strong sales growth during the period.
MTN South Africa has cut data prices with a 30-day validity, in some instances by as much as 60%. The headline price for 1GB of ad hoc data is now R85, from R99 previously, matching rival Vodacom’s pricing.
eMedia Investments, the holding company of e.tv, eNCA and Openview, has plunged headfirst into streaming, launching eVOD, a video-on-demand service, in partnership with MTN South Africa.
MTN is working to expand its 5G coverage, despite uncertainty about the allocation of new spectrum, and has deployed 5G towers in Polokwane and Emalahleni, with more towns to follow.
As we emerge on the other side, battered and bruised from days of looting and violence, we must pledge that this will not happen in South Africa again. Not on our watch. The time for action is now. By Godfrey Motsa.