A cable repair ship set sail from Cape Town on Wednesday night and is expected to reach offshore Angola in the coming days when it will begin the first stage of work to repair undersea cables slowing Internet connections in South Africa.
With a fixed-line business under pressure, an IT services company feeling the pinch and a mobile business facing strong competition, Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko has a difficult road ahead of him. By Duncan McLeod.
Telkom has blamed the dominance of Vodacom and MTN as well as “fundamental changes” sweeping South Africa’s telecoms industry for its decision to let go of as many as 3 000 employees.
Less than a month into 2020, South African companies have already announced thousands of job cuts. In a country where a third of the labour force is already unemployed, this will put even more strain on economic growth.
Extreme weather has delayed the departure of a ship from Cape Town, whose crew has been tasked with fixing two subsea cable breaks that are negatively affecting international connectivity in South Africa.
New independent research shows that MTN has South Africa’s best mobile network and beats its rivals in every category, from consistent quality to download and upload speeds.
Less than a month into 2020, retrenchments, the trimming of workforces and restructuring talks are dominating the news.
Both the Wacs and Sat-3/Wasc cables providing international connectivity from South Africa to international markets were knocked out on Thursday, causing slow connections for some consumer and business users.