Communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has dashed hopes for the urgent licensing of new broadband spectrum to mobile operators.
MTN Group plans to sell at least half of its R9.4-billion interest in newly listed Jumia Technologies, according to people familiar with the matter.
Vodacom said on Monday that “unquestionably the most significant obstacle to reducing input costs and, by extension, data prices is the fact that no new spectrum has been allocated” to operators for the past 14 years.
South Africans are not satisfied with their mobile network providers, particularly the biggest provider, Vodacom.
The ham-fisted way in which Vodacom implemented Icasa’s data regulations damaged the operator’s reputation and drove consumers to threatening to quit the network, according to new research.
Ah, that old trope, “market failure”. Economic development minister Ebrahim Patel trotted it out several times this week while unveiling the Competition Commission’s provisional findings into the data service market.
MTN has accused the Competition Commission of using outdated information in preparing its report on the data services market in South Africa.