Browsing: MTN

Duncan McLeod
What if cell tariffs don’t drop?

Cellular operators were set to receive a grilling in parliament this week. Politicians want mobile interconnection fees to come down. But it’s far from clear if the basic cost of calls will also fall. Can politicians avoid the temptation of interfering further?

Duncan McLeod
SA politicians play a dangerous game

Some commentators have speculated that the failure of talks between MTN and India’s Bharti Airtel points to a more protectionist approach by government. If so, it’s troubling. The country ought to be opening up to investors, not scaring them away

Dominic Cull
It takes two to termination tango

A flurry of initiatives aimed at achieving a reduction in mobile termination rates will provide interesting sidesdows, but beneath the politics of the moment, the real action remains an intimate dance between the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) and the mobile networks. The initial mobile termination rate, also known as interconnection rate, of 20c/minute was set between Vodacom and MTN on 8 August 1994. This was amended on 28 May 1999, shortly after it was announced by government that a third mobile cellular telecommunications licence would be issued.

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MTN, Bharti: national treasury reacts

MTN and Bharti decided to terminate merger talks, the national treasury said on Wednesday after talks between finance minister Pravin Gordhan, MTN chairman Cyril Ramaphosa and…