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Data to overtake voice revenues at Vodacom

Data to overtake voice revenues at Vodacom

In the current quarter, data revenue should overtake that which Vodacom’s South African operation derives from voice services. In the company’s third quarter, data service revenue in South Africa totalled R5,5bn

Telkom’s DSL base begins to shrink

Telkom’s DSL base begins to shrink

The number of Telkom digital subscriber line subscribers has declined for the first time ever. Between 1 April 2016 and 30 September 2016, the operator lost 19 714 DSL customers. This went largely unnoticed by the market as Telkom changed

Dear Telkom, we need to talk

Dear Telkom, we need to talk

Dear Telkom, this was very nearly a public break-up between us. It wasn’t me, you see; it was you. It took 12 working days and immense perseverance from me to get you to fix my dead phone line and practically useless

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

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

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

The great mobile roaming rip-off

The great mobile roaming rip-off

It is borderline criminal for mobile operators to be charging as much as R500/MB for data use while roaming in certain countries. It’s 2016! The overarching problem with roaming, of course, is that there

How many customers does Cell C really have?

How many customers does Cell C really have?

Popular (mis)conception has it that Cell C, whose resurgence began under Alan Knott-Craig in 2012 and continues under Jose Dos Santos, has been rapidly stealing market share from larger rivals Vodacom and

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