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Hybrid model best approach to spectrum

Hybrid model best approach to spectrum

Big-picture thinking is required to ensure a fair and equitable outcome in the allocation of the available spectrum slated for 4G roll-outs in South Africa. A great deal has been written, and said, about keeping the country’s best

How Tuluntulu could disrupt African media

How Tuluntulu could disrupt African media

Mary Meeker is a partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, Caufield & Beyers (KPCB). She authors arguably the most widely anticipated annual Internet trends report. It focuses on the giant markets of the US, Asia and

MTN bets the farm on financial services

MTN bets the farm on financial services

What more is there to say about MTN? It’s been an especially horrific 12 months for the company (and shareholders). But the group is sitting with a very large problem (to be fair, it has many others too): it is

MTN’s not-so-little reputation nightmare

MTN’s not-so-little reputation nightmare

Operationally, the time-suck on executive leadership from the Nigerian fine fallout had nothing to do with its other units across Africa and the Middle East. It’s always managed to run its “OpCos” quite independently, which arguably has a few more

Shoot-out: Telkom FreeMe vs Afrihost Mobile

Shoot-out: Telkom FreeMe vs Afrihost Mobile

Telkom’s FreeMe looks to be the most competitive data-focused offering in the market, especially when put next to similar packages on the three larger mobile operators. When the new packages from South Africa’s “challenger” network are

FreeMe: Telkom plays the disruption game

FreeMe: Telkom plays the disruption game

Disruption. Not the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Telkom, a company with a reputation for acting like an anticompetitive, obstructive monopoly. But disrupt is exactly what Telkom is now doing in a market where

Just how good are Telkom’s FreeMe plans?

Just how good are Telkom’s FreeMe plans?

On 25 July, Telkom will make its new packages, called FreeMe, available to the market. They’re innovative and they’re making waves. But are these packages right for you? FreeMe is a set of new data-centric packages offered by Telkom

A tale of six ministers

A tale of six ministers

It all started in the late noughties, I think around 2006 or 2007, when the former communications minister, the late Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri – a former chairwoman of the SABC – declared that South Africa would complete

Why Icasa’s auction is a win for everyone

Why Icasa’s auction is a win for everyone

It’s rare: regulation which actually yields a positive result for both sides of the market it intends to “manage”. Sure, the move by regulator, Icasa, to start a licensing process for precious mobile spectrum is

We’ve already hit peak Pokémon

We’ve already hit peak Pokémon

Despite the fact that Pokémon Go has become the world’s biggest mobile game, it has already started its certain decline. This is despite the fact that the game is showing a greater ability to retain users than most mobile games. Although it may be

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