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Icasa approves Neotel sale

Icasa approves Neotel sale

Liquid Telecom’s R6,5bn acquisition of Neotel is going ahead. Communications regulator Icasa on Thursday gave the deal the green light, approving the transfer of licences to Liquid, according to a well-placed source with knowledge

TalkCentral: Ep 161 – ‘Passing grade’

TalkCentral: Ep 161 – ‘Passing grade’

On TalkCentral this week, the SABC is behaving badly – very badly. Also this week, the “please call me” settlement talks break down, MTN names a new group chief operating officer, speculation about Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Vodacom’s uncapped

‘Please call me’ settlement talks break down

‘Please call me’ settlement talks break down

A fresh battle between Nkosana Makate and Vodacom is heading to the constitutional court as compensation negotiations between both parties for his “please call me” service have deadlocked. The latest court application seeks clarity on the

Vodacom unveils uncapped fibre plans

Vodacom unveils uncapped fibre plans

Vodacom has finally announced uncapped plans for fibre-to-the-home broadband across a range of infrastructure providers where it acts as an Internet service provider. The uncapped price plans have been introduced in addition to the existing

SA to get Android smartphone plant

SA to get Android smartphone plant

A Johannesburg start-up is set to become the first company to manufacture smartphones in Africa, taking advantage of low costs and growing local demand to build handsets, tablets and other devices based on

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

TalkCentral: Ep 159 – ‘Grey Friday’

TalkCentral: Ep 159 – ‘Grey Friday’

On TalkCentral this week, we chat Black Friday. But not for long, because there’s real news, too – like MTN vowing to take market share from Vodacom and Cell C’s BEE shareholder suing it over the planned restructuring. Also this week, the

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

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