Browsing: Zunaid Bulbulia

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End of the line for Nashua Mobile

Service provider Nashua Mobile has agreed to sell its MTN and Vodacom subscriber bases to the two mobile operators and is in talks to sell its Cell C subscriber base, too, parent Reunert told shareholders on Monday. Nashua Mobile will receive almost R2,3bn from the sale, before VAT. It appears that the two big mobile

Duncan McLeod
SA operators jostle for spectrum

While all the focus in the telecommunications industry is on the fight over call termination rates, an even more important battle is looming large, this time over access to radio frequency spectrum. Billions of rand are at stake as South Africa’s big telecommunications operators

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MTN to take axe to channel costs

“No options are off the table” as MTN South Africa looks to take an axe to high channel distribution costs. That’s according to the operator’s CEO, Zunaid Bulbulia, who says acquiring independent cellular service providers and cutting margins offered to the

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MTN has ‘options’ if Vodacom buys Neotel

MTN has a “number of options on the table” if the sale of spectrum is included in Vodacom’s looming deal to buy Neotel. “If the transferability of spectrum is something that becomes kosher in a market context, we’d be in a position to capitalise on that change,” MTN

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Telkom boss ‘omitted facts’ in open letter

Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko “omitted facts” in his open letter at the weekend to his counterparts at MTN and Vodacom and his comments were “a bit rich”. That’s the word from MTN South Africa CEO Zunaid Bulbulia, who told TechCentral on Wednesday

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MTN: ‘Let the facts speak for themselves’

There is no direct link between mobile termination rates and retail prices. That’s the assertion of MTN South Africa CEO Zunaid Bulbulia, who on Sunday again questioned the move by communications regulator Icasa to cut the rates. In a statement, Bulbulia urges MTN subscribers to “let the facts

Opinion
Why we really sued Icasa: MTN

The telecommunications industry has spent the past four years on a journey towards cost orientation, regulatory best practice and parity. That journey must continue and MTN fully expects termination rates to go on falling. But this fall must be informed by a transparent and credible cost study that reflects the

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MTN files suit against Icasa

It’s official. MTN has fired the first shot in what looks set to be one of the biggest ever legal battles in South Africa’s telecommunications industry. The mobile operator has lodged an application at the high court in Johannesburg to have telecoms

Alistair Fairweather
Vodacom, MTN put profits before people

I often wonder if certain captains of industries are entirely disconnected from reality. It’s the only thing that can explain the breathtaking gall of Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub, who complained publicly that new regulations would cost his company R1bn in 2015, threatening to sue as a result

Duncan McLeod
Why Icasa is right to favour Cell C

Spare a thought for Shameel Joosub and Zunaid Bulbulia. The Vodacom and MTN chief executives must feel like they’re being unfairly picked on for running successful, profitable businesses. This week, telecommunications industry regulator Icasa published final regulations that will