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Just how free is the Internet in SA?

When most people think or speak about Internet freedom, they are often concerned with the right, for example, to say what you want online without censorship and without being subject to the chilling

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Untangling SA’s big open-access debate

Competition has broken out among telecommunications operators in South Africa as a result of an open-access policy intervention, being the prices which operators pay to access customers on other networks: the call termination rate. Prepaid mobile voice

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Cwele puts broadband above revenue

Government has expressed its desire to forsake revenue over broadband access as it races to meet its self-imposed goal of universal Internet by 2020.Mobile operators are awaiting policy direction on the availability of 800MHz spectrum, which

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W Cape has SA’s highest Internet use

Internet access in the Western Cape is higher than the national average. This is according to a study dubbed the “Western Cape Digital Readiness Assessment 2015”, which was commissioned

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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

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Operators fear becoming ‘dumb pipes’

Parliament’s discussions about regulating over-the-top services kicked off on Tuesday with an expert saying that networks fear becoming pure infrastructure players. OTT services such

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Price increases could bite mobile operators

South Africa’s big three mobile operators have taken a “short-term view to satisfy their shareholders” by increasing the price of their post-paid packages, a decision that could come back to haunt them in the longer term. That’s one of the conclusions

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SA mobile contract price hikes unjustified: study

Local mobile operators’ claims that rising input costs are fuelling contract price hikes are not reflected in these companies’ financial statements, says a research body. Research ICT Africa has put together a research brief that asks whether

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Namibia trumps SA in mobile broadband costs

Despite its small, dispersed population, the desert nation of Namibia is trumping its neighbour, South Africa, when it comes to the cost of mobile broadband, a new research report says. “The dynamic bundling observable in other countries such as Namibia has not yet