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How much SA’s telcos spend on advertising

SA’s four largest telecommunications companies together spent nearly R1bn on advertising in the first eight months of 2011, with Vodacom leading the pack with spend in the period of R348,8m. The findings, which are contained in the annual AdFocus magazine

MWeb upgrades its network

Internet service provider MWeb has completed what it calls a “four-phase infrastructure and backbone upgrade” that now means it’s running a 10Gbit/s connection between SA’s three biggest cities and offering subscribers in Durban a more direct route into its network

MultiChoice BEE shareholders to begin trading

Shareholders in Phuthuma Nathi, the black empowerment vehicle that owns 20% of MultiChoice SA, have the right to begin trading the shares next Thursday, 8 December, when a five-year lock-in period expires. MultiChoice SA group CEO Imtiaz Patel says

Comedy Central coming to DStv

Jon Stewart fans rejoice! Comedy Central, which broadcasts the popular Daily Show, is coming to SA and other markets in sub-Saharan Africa. It will be available on MultiChoice’s DStv Premium platform from 6 December and is being provided by MTV Networks Africa. The channel

Pay TV slows, Internet grows at Naspers

Multinational media company Naspers released its interim results for the six months to 30 September on Tuesday. They show subsidiary Multichoice has enjoyed far slower growth than in 2010 but the group’s Internet interests are expanding rapidly and accounting

Karel Pienaar: wanderer and workaholic

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

Telkom confirms faster broadband plans

In notes accompanying its interim financial results, released on Monday, Telkom has confirmed that by 2015 the slowest broadband package on its fixed-line network will offer download speeds of up to 2Mbit/s, from 384kbit/s now, and up to 40Mbit/s at the top end. The company has also

DStv, TopTV to fight consumer commission

Pay-TV broadcasters MultiChoice, owner of DStv, and On Digital Media (ODM), which owns TopTV, have signalled their intention to fight a proposal by the National Consumer Commission that would, if implemented, force them to offer consumers the ability to

eNews blames DStv after channel freezes

The eNews Channel is fuming after it went off air for 47 minutes on Monday during President Jacob Zuma’s press conference at which he axed two of his ministers and announced a wide-ranging cabinet reshuffle. The channel says it is compiling a report into

Muzi Makhaye
M-Net posturing poses threat to migration

In recent weeks, it’s been almost impossible not to miss M-Net’s criticism of everything that makes for SA’s broadcast digital migration programme, writes Muzi Makhaye. M-Net’s calls for a cheap “converter box” to replace set-top boxes in the migration are as absurd as

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