While plenty has been spoken around ARC’s fee structure, not enough has been asked about its valuation of Rain. By Keith McLachlan.
Rain has enjoyed a surge in demand for wireless broadband in the past year thanks to the lockdown and work-from-home measures. It now plans to bid for more spectrum.
There is real irony in the way Telkom is using every opportunity it gets to complain about a “duopoly” in South Africa’s mobile industry. By Duncan McLeod.
South Africa’s mobile operators, including Vodacom, MTN and Rain, are set to face a big challenge to their business models from an unexpected quarter: fixed-line broadband. By Duncan McLeod.
Government’s plan to create a wholesale open-access network “will serve no useful purpose” and could, in fact, harm consumers – the exact opposite of what it’s meant to achieve, the Free Market Foundation said.
MTN is tops among South African customers, while Rain is stone last – and by some distance – according to new research gauging the sentiment of consumers towards local telecommunications operators.
Rain, the first operator in South Africa to deploy a commercial 5G network, plans to roll out 2 000 5G high sites across South Africa’s main urban centres, although there is no timeframe for the build.
Six telecommunications companies have responded to the invitation to apply for access to radio frequency spectrum bands suitable for mobile broadband roll-out, with no real surprises among the names.
Communications regulator Icasa is putting the cart before the horse in forging ahead with plans to licence access to new spectrum bands before it has concluded an inquiry into the mobile broadband services market.
Telkom dropped a bombshell on South Africa’s telecommunications industry this week when it said it was approaching the Competition Tribunal to object to Vodacom’s roaming agreements with Rain. But why?