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How to stop the R2/MB extortion

How to stop the R2/MB extortion

Much like interconnect rates which for years remained stubbornly and unreasonably high, punitive out-of-bundle mobile data rates are a relic of a bygone era. Sure, operators might have been justified in charging R2/MB

A theory on why R2/MB still exists

A theory on why R2/MB still exists

Allow me to venture a theory… The reason out-of-bundle mobile data rates are (largely) still R2/MB is to help shore up operators’ cratering voice revenue. R2 is an arbitrary number, a relic from over a decade ago, but it’s a stubborn

R2/MB could trip up SA’s mobile operators

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

LinkedIn deal does not inspire confidence

LinkedIn deal does not inspire confidence

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has explained the rationale behind the tech company’s plans to buy LinkedIn for US$26,2bn.
In a letter to staff, Nadella said he believes that access to LinkedIn customers will benefit the sales of Microsoft

SA meter taxi drivers tooting the wrong horn

SA meter taxi drivers tooting the wrong horn

A complaint to the Competition Commission against Uber by eight regional taxi companies and members of the South African Meter Taxi Association, in which they allege that Uber has engaged in predatory pricing and

Invasion of the privacy snatchers

Invasion of the privacy snatchers

It’s no secret that everyone from employers to educators to landlords scan social media profiles to assess applicants. In an age of radical openness, our online profiles often say more than we’d admit in an interview. But now

Google’s other bets on a losing streak

Google’s other bets on a losing streak

In the reorganisation of Google into Alphabet, a group of companies that represented the “moon shot” or “other bets” were cemented as separate entities that would have to either fail or succeed on their own merits. Recent reports of at

African banks lead world in mobile security

African banks lead world in mobile security

An October 2015 report from Juniper found that over a billion phone users would have used their device for banking by the end of last year, and it expected this number to double by 2020. In fact, the uptake in emerging markets

The nosebleed decline of newspapers, in pictures

The nosebleed decline of newspapers, in pictures

The impact of the Internet on the newspaper industry has been starkly highlighted by a graph released by the US bureau of labour statistics. It shows how employment in that industry in the US has declined by 60% over the past

Telkom is losing the fibre race

Telkom is losing the fibre race

In November, I argued that Telkom’s broadband digital subscriber line service had peaked (that was at the half-year mark). Since then, growth has slowed even further and the telecommunications giant is on a knife-edge of

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