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Moment of reckoning for Cell C

Moment of reckoning for Cell C

Cell C’s future will be decided by this time next week. That’s when the mobile operator must complete a planned restructuring in terms of which Blue Label Telecoms will take a 45% stake in the debt-laded mobile operator. But there’s now

Let’s not build another monopoly

Let’s not build another monopoly

There is a prevailing view in government – or certainly in the department of telecommunications & postal services – that infrastructure competition in providing broadband is bad. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Now, Obama, pardon Edward Snowden

Now, Obama, pardon Edward Snowden

So, Barack Obama has commuted the sentence of whistleblower Chelsea Manning. Manning will be released in May. Now the US president must follow up that decision, before he leaves office this week, by giving a full pardon to

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

ANC has left a rotten legacy in ICT

ANC has left a rotten legacy in ICT

The publication this week of the deeply problematic national integrated ICT policy white paper is just the latest episode in 22 years of ANC policy making that has left a rotten legacy for the sector. The industry has made progress in the

Gov’t playing Russian Roulette with ICT sector

Gov’t playing Russian Roulette with ICT sector

Government’s plans for shaking up the management of radio frequency spectrum in South Africa could backfire badly, crimping investment and harming consumers. It’s a risk that’s too big to take. The department of

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

On Zuma, broadband and policy failure

On Zuma, broadband and policy failure

President Jacob Zuma has drawn criticism for his failure to deal meaningfully with broadband roll-out in his 2016 state of the nation address delivered in parliament on Thursday evening. Throughout his more than hour-long speech, the

MTN fine is a state-sanctioned mugging

MTN fine is a state-sanctioned mugging

It’s time to call the situation South African telecommunications group MTN is facing in Nigeria what it really is: a state-sanctioned mugging. The Nigerian government, through its communications commission, is pointing a gun at MTN’s head, demanding that it hand

What prompted Vodacom, Neotel rethink?

What prompted Vodacom, Neotel rethink?

Something significant transpired on Friday last week that prompted South Africa’s largest telecommunications operator, Vodacom, to review the structure of its acquisition of Neotel, a

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