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Willington Ngwepe is new Icasa CEO

The council of communications regulator Icasa has appointed Willington Ngwepe as its new CEO, replacing the suspended Pakamile Pongwana who quit under a cloud in August. Ngwepe, who

Suspended Icasa CEO quits

Pakamile Pongwana has resigned as CEO of communications regulator Icasa. This is after Pongwana was placed on “precautionary suspension” on 6 July. In a statement on…

Icasa suspends its CEO

The council of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has placed its CEO, Pakamile Pongwana, on “precautionary suspension”, it said in a statement on Thursday afternoon. Pongwana, who has been CEO of the broadcasting

Spectrum chaos points to ANC split

A split inside the ANC over how radio frequency spectrum should be allocated – a split that risks retarding South Africa’s ICT sector – has now erupted into open warfare, with communications regulator Icasa and telecommunications

Cameron MacKenzie
Spectrum auction is right model for SA

The independence of communications regulator Icasa is at stake in a tussle between the regulator and the department of telecommunications & postal services on how valuable spectrum will be assigned. It is common cause that the

Now Icasa to probe OTT market

Communications regulator Icasa said it plans to launch an inquiry in the next financial year to look at the impact of over-the-top (OTT) services such as WhatsApp and Skype on the data services market. Icasa chief operating officer Willington Ngwepe said

OTT players don’t pay SA taxes: MTN

Over-the-top platforms such as WhatsApp and Skype don’t pay taxes in South Africa, says mobile network MTN. MTN’s corporate services executive, Graham de Vries, made this claim in a presentation at a parliamentary meeting on Tuesday. The meeting discussed

Duncan McLeod
Cwele must seize rare opportunity

Finally, there’s a move to try to do something about the dysfunction crippling the department of telecommunications & postal services. The mess at the department has become a barrier blocking the development of South Africa’s information and

MTN mulls opening mobile network to rivals

MTN is prepared to open its mobile network on a wholesale basis to competitors, but can only consider doing so once government has issued it with additional radio frequency spectrum. MTN South

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