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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

Why SA Connect tender was cancelled

Why SA Connect tender was cancelled

The State IT Agency has finally explained why it pulled the plug on a government tender, worth up to R1,5bn, to roll out broadband to underserviced parts of the country: none of the bidders qualified. The tender was the first phase of a network

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

SA Connect broadband tender cancelled

SA Connect broadband tender cancelled

The State IT Agency (Sita) has cancelled a tender for the construction of a rural broadband network under the South Africa Connect broadband strategy. Late last week, Sita published a notice in the

Gov’t to save millions in Telkom deal

Gov’t to save millions in Telkom deal

National treasury and Telkom have concluded negotiations on the existing contract for fixed-line telecommunications services for national and provincial departments. In a statement on Monday, national treasury said the

Union threatens to restart Telkom strike

Union threatens to restart Telkom strike

Industrial action could impact telecommunications company Telkom once again, the Communications Workers Union has threatened. In September, the CWU suspended strike against the telecoms

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

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

FreeMe a huge success for Telkom

FreeMe a huge success for Telkom

Telkom’s aggressively priced FreeMe mobile plans have proved to be a huge hit for Telkom, the telecommunications operator said on Tuesday. In the six months to 30 September 2016, Telkom’s mobile voice and

Telkom shares leap up on improved earnings

Telkom shares leap up on improved earnings

Telkom said first-half earnings rose 20% as South Africa’s biggest landline provider reported a maiden profit for its faster-growing mobile business. Earnings per share excluding one-time items were R3,36 in the six months

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