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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

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SA scores from lower mobile tariffs

Any doubt that lower wholesale call termination rates have led to a sharp decline in retail mobile tariffs in South Africa should be put to rest, new research shows. South Africans have benefited directly from a reduction in termination rates – the fees telecommunications

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Call rates battle coming to a head again

Communications regulator Icasa has settled on the model it intends using to calculate call termination rates as the court-imposed deadline nears for it to draw up new regulations that govern the rates, which operators charge each

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Sibisi, Gillwald named to broadband council

Communications minister Yunus Carrim has named CSIR president Sibusiso Sibisi and Research ICT Africa director Allison Gillwald as chair and deputy chair respectively of a new National Broadband Advisory Council, which has been established to advise the minister on the implementation of South Africa Connect

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MTN, Vodacom tariffs remain ‘expensive’

Despite a number of retail price skirmishes in South Africa’s mobile telecommunications industry in 2013, the prepaid tariffs levied by South Africa’s two incumbent mobile operators, Vodacom and MTN, remain “expensive” relative to the rest of the

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Experts say call rates should be even lower

The markets recoiled at news that call termination rates between cellular operators will decrease, seeing it as a boon for consumers and small cellphone operators in particular. But experts say – citing supporting data – that South African cellphone communication is still too expensive

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Fixed line needs fixing

Mobile broadband is the primary way South Africans get online because of affordability and speed, but the comparative “instability” of mobile offerings next to fixed lines could harm the economy, according to new report by Research ICT Africa. Mobile broadband

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Slash wholesale call rates – research

Reductions in mobile termination rates, the fees operators charge each other to carry calls between their networks, has had a direct impact on the retail price of prepaid telephony in South Africa, but tariffs are still far higher than elsewhere in Africa and further big cuts are needed

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Incumbents not hurt by rate cuts – Gillwald

Reductions in the fees that mobile operators charge each other to carry calls between their networks have not hurt them financially, as they claimed they would. Nor have they led to higher retail prices, lower investments or retrenchments in the sector. These are some of the

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Young, black, poor and online

A majority of South African Internet users are young and black, two-thirds speak an African language at home, and four in 10 live on less than R1 500/month. These are some of the finding in The New Wave report, written by Indra de Lanerolle, a visiting research associate at the