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TalkCentral: Ep 149 – ‘FreeMe, Seymour’

TalkCentral: Ep 149 – ‘FreeMe, Seymour’

In the latest episode of TechCentral’s podcast, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about Telkom’s new FreeMe packages and why they’re set to shake up the telecommunications industry in South Africa. Also this week, they ask whether Telkom

Why Icasa’s auction is a win for everyone

Why Icasa’s auction is a win for everyone

It’s rare: regulation which actually yields a positive result for both sides of the market it intends to “manage”. Sure, the move by regulator, Icasa, to start a licensing process for precious mobile spectrum is

SABC continues to defy Icasa

SABC continues to defy Icasa

The SABC has still not replied to Icasa’s ruling that it must withdraw its ban on the broadcasting of violent protest footage. SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago on Wednesday said the broadcaster had

R3bn too much for spectrum: Cell C

R3bn too much for spectrum: Cell C

South Africa’s third largest mobile network, Cell C, has expressed its concern over having to fork out at least R3bn to bid for radio frequency spectrum. Communications regulator Icasa on Friday invited applicants

How SA’s spectrum auction will work

How SA’s spectrum auction will work

Communications regulator Icasa took everyone by surprise on Friday when it said it was pushing ahead with an auction to allocate wireless broadband spectrum in the 700MHz, 800MHz and 2,6GHz bands. The auction is likely to attract only big

Respect Zuma: Hlaudi

Respect Zuma: Hlaudi

SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng allegedly told reporters at a June workshop that they could question anyone in their coverage, except President Jacob Zuma, according to court papers. Eight journalists, dubbed the “SABC 8”, filed an

Spectrum auction: the industry reacts

Spectrum auction: the industry reacts

South Africa’s two biggest mobile operators, Vodacom and MTN, have welcomed the decision by communications regulator Icasa to press ahead with a plan to license mobile broadband spectrum through an auction process. Icasa surprised

Icasa auction could ruffle political feathers

Icasa auction could ruffle political feathers

The decision by communications regulator Icasa to publish an invitation to apply for broadband spectrum licences – doing so before government has finalised the integrated national ICT policy white paper

R3bn reserve price in spectrum auction

R3bn reserve price in spectrum auction

Operators will have to stump up at least R3bn each for access to spectrum to provide next-generation 4G/LTE services, according to an invitation to apply issued by communications regulator Icasa on Friday

Icasa moves to license 4G spectrum

Icasa moves to license 4G spectrum

In an unexpected early move, communications regulator Icasa has issued an invitation for interested telecommunications operators to apply for access to so-called high-demand spectrum bands. Icasa had

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