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R2/MB could trip up SA’s mobile operators

The cellular industry may soon become the victim of the next wave of disruptive technology, much as this industry virtually destroyed traditional fixed-line telephony in the late 1990s. This may happen sooner than many think

Guy Zibi
More to OTT debate than meets the eye

The African mobile operator predicament with “over the top” services has come to a head, with the issue of how to deal with the likes of WhatsApp, Skype and Viber flaring up anew over the past few months in Morocco, Senegal and South Africa. What’s playing out

Why OTT has Vodacom hot and bothered

WhatsApp, Skype and other “over the top” services should be regulated in the same way as telecommunications operators, especially as there is a risk that these new competitors will threaten cellphone companies’ ability to invest in their networks. That is the view of

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OTT row: Q&A with Shameel Joosub

Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub has called for a debate on how so-called “over the top” services such as WhatsApp, Skype and Viber should be regulated in light of the risk be believes they

Hilton Tarrant
Mobile operators have an SMS addiction

Let’s start at a common point of departure: the mere notion of mobile operators hoping that so-called “over-the-top” services be regulated is insanity. One can understand how an operator and its executives can think this rational, though. After all, an operator only knows how

Ngcaba warns against OTT regulation

Well-known ICT sector businessman Andile Ngcaba has warned that South Africa’s mobile networks “risk redundancy” if they fail to develop innovative ways to benefit from over-the-top technologies. Ngcaba, speaking in his capacity as chairman of the Wi-Fi Forum

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

Innovate, don’t regulate, ISPs tell operators

The Internet Service Providers’ Association says South Africa’s mobile operators need to develop new ways of partnering and competing with “over-the-top” services such as Skype and WhatsApp instead of trying to have them regulated. In a statement

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