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SA must tackle dominant firms

SA must tackle dominant firms

The focus on “state capture” in South Africa has tended to divert attention from a deeper question. How can the distribution of wealth and control over the economy be changed in material terms? There is an implicit justification for corruption

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

Students to get their own MVNO

Students to get their own MVNO

Academic bookstore Van Schaik has become the latest company to announce plans to launch a mobile virtual network operator in South Africa. The virtual operator, which piggybacks on

TalkCentral: Ep 159 – ‘Grey Friday’

TalkCentral: Ep 159 – ‘Grey Friday’

On TalkCentral this week, we chat Black Friday. But not for long, because there’s real news, too – like MTN vowing to take market share from Vodacom and Cell C’s BEE shareholder suing it over the planned restructuring. Also this week, the

CellSAf challenges Cell C deal

CellSAf challenges Cell C deal

Cell C’s planned recapitalisation, in terms of which JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms will acquire 45% of the mobile operator for R5,5bn, has hit turbulence. News wires, including Reuters, reported on Thursday

MTN to host ‘household names’ as MVNOs

MTN to host ‘household names’ as MVNOs

MTN South Africa is set to help launch consumer brands as mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), according to the company’s CEO. The brands include “household names”, MTN South Africa

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

Cell C debt to be reduced further

Cell C debt to be reduced further

Cell C will reduce its net borrowings to a maximum of R6bn – from a proposed R8bn previously – Blue Label Telecoms, which is in the throes of buying a 45% stake in the mobile operator for R5,5bn

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

Robert Nkuna is new telecoms DG

Robert Nkuna is new telecoms DG

Robert Nkuna is the new director-general of the department of telecommunications & postal services, replacing Rosey Sekese, who was “expelled” from her post after being suspended in 2015. Cabinet ratified the decision to appoint Nkuna, who is

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