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Inside MTN’s huge network overhaul

Inside MTN’s huge network overhaul

In the 18 months to June 2016, MTN has invested R16bn in its network in South Africa. Nearly a third of this – R4,5bn – was spent on adding 1 300 new physical sites to its footprint. This addition translates

Black Friday discounting shows retail malaise

Black Friday discounting shows retail malaise

After Checkers pioneered the introduction of Black Friday ­- the US shopping day after Thanksgiving – in South Africa in 2014, we’ve seen other retailers steadily adopt the sales “event”. This year, however, practically every retail chain in the country

Just how well is Telkom’s FreeMe doing?

Just how well is Telkom’s FreeMe doing?

Telkom says its mobile business has been boosted by the launch in July of its FreeMe bundles built around data (not voice minutes) which largely upended the market. It achieved profitability in that unit for the first time

Cloud musings: Tiger Brands and Eskom

Cloud musings: Tiger Brands and Eskom

If you ask me, we hear too much from those who sell technology and too little from those who use it. They certainly get the opportunities at numerous closed-doors corporate meetings, where the people selling do all the listening

Why Snap won’t crackle and pop

Why Snap won’t crackle and pop

Snap, the parent company of Snapchat is looking to go public with an initial public offering in March 2017. Snap has filed its intentions secretly with the US Securities and Exchange Commission

A radical proposal for state-owned fibre

A radical proposal for state-owned fibre

“It costs more to get data to the coast than it does to get it the rest of the way to Europe.” Since the arrival of high-capacity undersea fibre-optic cables to African shores in 2009, I have heard this complaint

Telkom’s patience in mobile finally pays off

Telkom’s patience in mobile finally pays off

Telkom’s mobile business is finally profitable (and sustainable). Since its launch in 2010 (as 8ta), its cumulative losses total R10bn. In those six financial years (to 31 March 2016), it generated R12,9bn in

How to fix the ICT policy white paper

How to fix the ICT policy white paper

The department of telecommunications & postal services’s new director-general, Robert Nkuna, is going to have no time to ease gently into his new office in Hatfield, Pretoria. Indeed, he’s going to have to hit the ground running. The former councillor at

R149/GB can’t hold much longer

R149/GB can’t hold much longer

The country’s largest Wi-Fi provider, AlwaysOn, now allows customers to convert airtime into Wi-Fi data for its relatively pervasive network. At the entry level, R15 converts to 150MB of AlwaysOn data, which is less than half

In defence of open access

In defence of open access

Last month, cabinet approved the national integrated ICT policy white paper, which gives meaning to the constitutional principle of not discriminating against any citizen. The white paper is an inclusive, overarching policy that covers the ICT and

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