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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

Vodacom, Makate to revive talks

Vodacom, Makate to revive talks

Nkosana Makate and telecommunications company Vodacom will now have to revive in good faith negotiations after a deadlock in talks to determine reasonable compensation over the “please call me” service. The

Data to overtake voice revenues at Vodacom

Data to overtake voice revenues at Vodacom

In the current quarter, data revenue should overtake that which Vodacom’s South African operation derives from voice services. In the company’s third quarter, data service revenue in South Africa totalled R5,5bn

Vodacom gets into comedy

Vodacom gets into comedy

Vodacom has added a comedy channel, called Gunga7.com, to its line-up of channels on its Video Play service.
The mobile operator has licensed content from Diprente Films to launch the channel. It takes the number of

Court throws out ‘please call me’ application

Court throws out ‘please call me’ application

The constitutional court has dismissed an application brought by Nkosana Makate, the man who it found had invented the popular “please call me” service, ordering him to pay the costs of the application. “The constitutional court has considered

Vodacom can say it has SA’s ‘best network’

Vodacom can say it has SA’s ‘best network’

Vodacom is entitled to claim in advertising that it has South Africa’s best network, the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa has ruled, dismissing a complaint from rival MTN. MTN took umbrage at a

Liquid Telecom’s big plans for Neotel

Liquid Telecom’s big plans for Neotel

Liquid Telecom, the fast-growing pan-African telecommunications operator controlled by Zimbabwean billionaire Strive Masiyiwa, will spend billions of rand expanding newly acquired subsidiary Neotel’s data centres, wireless networks and fixed-line

‘Please call me’ man hits back at Vodacom

‘Please call me’ man hits back at Vodacom

Nkosana Makate has dismissed Vodacom’s assertion that it faces difficulties in determining the revenue that the “please call me” idea has generated since its inception in 2001. Makate, the inventor of “please call me”, argued in court

ShowMax launches lower-cost bouquet

ShowMax launches lower-cost bouquet

Naspers’s video-on-demand platform, ShowMax, has launched a lower-priced bouquet with a strong focus on local content. The new bouquet, which is available exclusively to Vodacom customers, costs R49/month

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

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