Government’s telecommunications bill, if enacted without radical changes, will have a “devastating” effect on the ICT sector, destroying the incentives that have led to almost universal mobile coverage in South Africa.
Vodacom has rubbished the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill’s wholesale open-access provisions, describing them as “intrusive and onerous”.
A settlement has been reached by communications regulator Icasa and mobile operators over the implementation of new rules regarding data expiry and rollover.
MTN Group is close to agreeing an $800-million settlement with Nigerian authorities over a claim it illegally transferred $8.1-billion funds out of the country, according to a person familiar with the situation.
South Africa’s MTN Group and France’s Orange announced this week that they will bring “smart feature phones” to Africa costing as little as US$20. The phones will run an operating system called KaiOS – but what is that?