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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

E.tv ordered to retain primetime news

E.tv ordered to retain primetime news

Communications regulator Icasa has turned down a formal request from e.tv to cancel its primetime news bulletin, saying doing so would not be in the public interest. The move is a blow to the free-to-air broadcaster, which

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

TalkCentral: Ep 166 – ‘A trillion dollars’

TalkCentral: Ep 166 – ‘A trillion dollars’

It’s TalkCentral time. In this week’s news-packed episode, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg ask: which will be the first big tech company to reach a market capitalisation of a trillion dollars? Also this week, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Alphabet announce

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

ICT white paper ‘not constitutional’

ICT white paper ‘not constitutional’

The national ICT policy white paper does not pass constitutional muster said Leon Louw, executive director of the Free Market Foundation. Louw, speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, slammed the white paper

Icasa lays criminal charges against SABC

Icasa lays criminal charges against SABC

Communications regulator Icasa has laid criminal charges against the SABC for failing to adhere to a ruling it made regarding the withdrawal of its “protest policy”, MPs heard on Wednesday. The broadcaster appeared to have reneged on its agreement to

SABC probe begins in parliament

SABC probe begins in parliament

Parliament’s ad hoc committee looking into the fitness of the SABC board will begin interviewing witnesses on Wednesday. The ad hoc committee’s work stalled last week after the last remaining board member, Mbulaheni

Telkom wants to get rid of payphones

Telkom wants to get rid of payphones

Zero. That’s how many payphones Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko wants to retain. “If I could get to zero, I’d be very happy,” he said in an interview with TechCentral on Tuesday. Telkom currently has about 20 000 payphones on its network, down

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