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SMS system planned, to save lives in Africa

Text messaging may be dying out as a means of communication in many parts of the advanced world, but it may yet prove to be a vital life-saver in flood-prone African villages. An early-warning system that aims to capitalise on the explosive growth of mobile phone

Cell C, Mirage Telecom to launch MVNE platform

Cell C is set to help launch the first mobile virtual network enabler in South Africa, creating a platform that will allow mobile virtual network operators – Virgin Mobile is an example of an MVNO – to offer mobile products and services. Cell C will launch

Where would AT&T deal leave Vodacom?

A shake-up of the telecommunications landscape in Africa may be in the offing after US giant AT&T said in an interview with Bloomberg that it was interested in acquiring UK-listed Vodafone. AT&T said, though, that it was not interested in acquiring Vodafone’s operations in emerging markets, but only its

Nokia Lumia 1020 is a go

One of 2013’s most anticipated handsets, Nokia’s Lumia 1020, has been launched in South Africa. At a recommended retail price of R9 999, the Windows Phone-powered 1020 is available at its launch through MTN and Vodacom in black, white and yellow. The Lumia 1020’s 41-megapixel

Duncan McLeod
At Telkom, Maseko takes the tiger’s tail

Sipho Maseko is a really nice guy – which makes me want to pity him over the challenge he’s taken on at Telkom. Some would say accepting the group CEO position at South Africa’s biggest fixed-line operator is like grabbing a tiger by its tail. Sooner rather than later, you get eaten

Duncan McLeod
Big shifts looming in SA telecoms

Talk of consolidation in the telecommunications industry is rife, with speculation growing that a number of operators are either in play or may soon be. But how might a flurry of mergers and acquisitions play out? At the centre of current speculation is Neotel. Licensed

TalkCentral: Ep 92 – ‘Fallen’

TalkCentral hosts Duncan McLeod and Craig Wilson dive into the big technology stories of the past week. In the show this week, we talk about former communications minister Dina Pule’s censure in parliament, new communications minister Yunus Carrim on local-loop unbundling and

Orange attacks ‘anticompetitive’ SA operators

Orange, the giant French telecommunications operator that wants to launch a full-service mobile virtual network operator in South Africa, has accused some of the country’s mobile operators – specifically naming Vodacom and Telkom Mobile – of behaving anticompetitively by engaging in activity

Eaton buys Kenya towers, raises $195m

Eaton Towers has inked a deal with Telkom Kenya to manage the operator’s 1 000 base stations. Under the 15-year management and leasing deal, Eaton will maintain Telkom Kenya’s existing sites and build new ones. The deal extends Eaton’s partnership with France’s Orange, which controls

Orange ups ante with Nashua deal

Orange is expanding its presence in South Africa after signing a deal with Nashua Mobile in terms of which the French telecommunications giant will establish a brand presence in the independent cellular service provider’s retail stores. The move comes six months after Orange made

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