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Icasa defers spectrum auction indefinitely

Icasa defers spectrum auction indefinitely

Communications regulator Icasa has deferred a planned auction of high-demand spectrum indefinitely. In a notice published in the Government Gazette, Icasa said it is deferring the timeframe for the award process “until further notice”. The move is

TalkCentral: Ep 167 – ‘Liquid assets’

TalkCentral: Ep 167 – ‘Liquid assets’

On TalkCentral this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg gather around the microphones to discuss Liquid Telecom consummating its deal to buy Neotel. What’s next for South Africa’s “second network operator” now that it’s under

Gloom hangs over Cell C rescue plan

Gloom hangs over Cell C rescue plan

The downgrade of Cell C’s corporate credit rating to the junkiest of junk by S&P Global Rating is another blow to the telecommunications company’s brave ambition of reducing its crippling debt load of R20,7bn. This is the view of

Icasa to hold hearings on spectrum

Icasa to hold hearings on spectrum

Communications regulator Icasa will hold public hearings later this week that will determine how scarce radio frequency spectrum is utilised in future. The idea, according to Icasa, is to update the National Radio Frequency Plan to

Cell C downgraded after ‘missing payments’

Cell C downgraded after ‘missing payments’

South Africa’s third biggest mobile operator, Cell C, has been downgraded after missing an interest payment, S&P Global Ratings has said in a statement. The rating agency downgraded Cell C to “D”. According to the company’s website

Blue Cellular eyes possible JSE listing

Blue Cellular eyes possible JSE listing

Blue Cellular, a mobile distribution specialist with almost R1bn/year in revenue, is “working towards” a JSE listing as it eyes expansion in the corporate sector and opportunities in delivering content to mobile users, its

Icasa kicks off telecoms rates review

Icasa kicks off telecoms rates review

Communications regulator Icasa has signalled its intention to review the contentious call termination regulations of 2014, raising the possibility of fresh legal action by the industry. In the past two reviews, Icasa has reduced

Why Naspers should launch an MVNO

Why Naspers should launch an MVNO

Mobile network operators need to adopt content-intensive strategies because “over-the-top” services will continue to impact their average revenue per user negatively. Cell C has responded to these threats by hosting mobile

TalkCentral: Ep 163 – ‘Backdoors and Bobiverses’

TalkCentral: Ep 163 – ‘Backdoors and Bobiverses’

On the first episode of TalkCentral for 2017, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat the 10th anniversary of Apple’s iconic iPhone. Also this week, is WhatsApp as secure as we think

Cell C blames rand for price hikes

Cell C blames rand for price hikes

Cell C has blamed the depreciation in the value of the rand against the US dollar for its decision, announced on Monday, to increase prices of a wide range of its prepaid and contract packages. The mobile operator, which is in the

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