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MTN sells Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon towers for $284m

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th October 2012 Telecommunications group MTN has agreed to sell over 1 700 of its mobile network towers to Nigeria-based telecommunications infrastructure provider IHS Holdings for $284-million. IHS would acquire 931 towers from MTN Cote d’Ivoire (MTN CIV) for $141-million, as well as about 827 towers from MTN... 

Turkcell lawsuit against MTN put on hold

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th October 2012 South African telecommunications group MTN on Monday confirmed a US federal court had placed the lawsuit brought against it by Turkcell on hold while the Supreme Court decided whether the case could be heard in the US. The Turkey-based telecoms operator is accusing MTN of violating the US Alien... 

Vodacom becomes first operator to launch commercial LTE in SA

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th October 2012 Telecommunications firm Vodacom on Wednesday officially launched the first commercial long-term evolution (LTE) network in South Africa. Speaking at the eighth yearly My Broadband Conference, new group CEO Shameel Joosub said that, after two years of testing and upgrading its network to ready... 

Company Announcement:MTN sponsors young leaders to attend global Summit in the USA

     4th October 2012 Africa’s leading telecoms company has again committed to sponsor 22 youth from its operating countries in Africa and the Middle East to attend a global youth leadership Summit in the United States of America later this month 

Real Economy Report  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2012 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. The government has set up a Joint Aerospace Steering Committee to help develop the country’s aerospace sector. Keith Campbell reports. The creation of the Joint Aerospace Steering Committee, or JASC for short, was announced at... 

MTN to launch LTE in three cities, sets 2013 capex at R7bn  

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th September 2012 Telecommunications group MTN is set to commercially launch long-term evolution (LTE) in Johannesburg, Durban and Pretoria within the next three months. The group, which would initially provide LTE coverage within the three cities, reported that about 40% of its network was capable of running LTE... 

Thermal concrete is environment friendly

By: Anine Kilian     21st September 2012 Custom concrete designer and manufacturer Concreate, together with construction materials group AfriSam, has started marketing its thermal concrete in South Africa. The lightweight thermal concrete is manufactured by using selective grades of expanded polystyrene (EPS) beads and special... 

Building champions

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2012 The image of corporate South African has taken a beating since the tragic events of Marikana. Equally, South Africa’s reputation as a beacon of hope and a potential investment destination, or gateway to Africa, has been knocked. Without question, South African companies, together with government... 

Trigen plant leads to international carbon credit deal, more projects

By: Samantha Herbst     31st August 2012 Telecommunications group MTN's Fairlands trigeneration project has inspired the implementation of similar projects at other MTN branches, including its offices in Centurion, Germiston and Doornfontein, says carbon advisory firm Promethium Carbon advisor Katie Ross. MTN launched the R22-million... 

Natural gas company powering Johannesburg

By: Samantha Herbst     31st August 2012 In the last five years, Johannesburg-based natural gas reticulator Egoli Gas has signed several ongoing multimillion-rand contracts with businesses wanting to implement alternative energy solutions. The company has implemented solutions for the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital,... 

Logistics company incorporates IT in business

     17th August 2012 Supply chain and logistics service provider Cargo Carriers’ technology division has, in partnership with telecommunications provider MTN and multichannel automotive remarketing company eFleet, introduced an integrated handheld electronic service, the ePod, into the market. The ePod service is a... 

Irancell reports growth as MTN awaits US court decision on Turkcell 

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th August 2012 South African telecommunications group MTN expected the US district court, in Washington, to decide later this year, or early 2013, whether to dismiss the case brought against it by Turkcell, CEO Sifiso Dabengwa said on Wednesday. Turkey-based Turkcell, which was seeking damages of $4.2-billion,... 

MTN to sell carbon credits from its trigeneration plant

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st August 2012 Telecommunications group MTN has entered into a commercial agreement to sell carbon credits from its new trigeneration plant to electricity utility company EDF Trading, a wholly owned subsidiary of Electricité de France SA. The R22-million energy efficient, methane-powered plant, which was... 

Politically connected BEE players lose iconic status - report 

     9th July 2012 Black economic-empowerment (BEE) business leaders who succeeded in the past predominantly through political clout, rather than entrepreneurial initiative, were no longer regarded as iconic, a new study by the Reputation Institute South Africa has found. The survey, RepTra Leader South Africa... 

Local interest in IP growing – IP law institute 

By: Samantha Herbst     6th July 2012 Awareness of the value of intellectual property (IP) is growing steadily in South Africa, as significantly more companies are becoming aware of the opportunities it can offer, not only locally but also internationally, says South African Institute for Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) president... 

MTN asks court to dismiss Turkcell case

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd July 2012 Telecommunications group MTN has filed a motion to have Turkish mobile operator Turkcell’s case against it dismissed, the South African group said on Tuesday. The telecommunications group stated that the US court lacked sufficient jurisdiction over the group and its subsidiaries or the subject... 

First phase of MTN optic fibre project nears completion 

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd July 2012 The first phase of a 5 000 km national long-distance fibre-optic network connecting major city centres across South Africa was nearing completion, telecommunications group MTN reported on Monday. Over 90% of the total route trenching on the first route – between Germiston and Durban – and 50% of... 

Company Announcement: MTN provides learners at Limpopo school with essential desk and chairs

     13th June 2012 In a gesture that will change the lives of disadvantaged learners, MTN today officially handed over 935 desks and chairs to Malusi Secondary School in Avon Marobjane, Bochum, in Limpopo 

MTN expects Turkcell corruption claims to be dismissed 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th June 2012 Telecommunications group MTN CEO Sifiso Dabengwa on Friday rejected allegations of corruption relating to its 49% stake in Irancell as “unfounded” and said it expects the claims to be dismissed. Turkcell has launched a lawsuit in a US court accusing the South African firm of engaging in corrupt... 

Turkcell allegations ‘inexplicable’ and ‘irresponsible’ - Nhleko

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th June 2012 JSE-listed group MTN’s former CEO, Phuthuma Nhleko, reaffirmed on Wednesday evening that no bribes were approved or paid under his watch to secure a mobile licence in Iran. His response comes as reports surfaced that the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, also known as the Hawks,... 

Hawks to probe MTN Iran allegations

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     5th June 2012 The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), also known as the Hawks, has launched a formal investigation into allegations that JSE-listed MTN had engaged in corrupt conduct to obtain a mobile licence in Iran. “We have considered the allegations and undertook an assessment. It was... 

Dark Fibre Africa kicks off R72m E Cape project

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     30th May 2012 Local open-access dark fibre infrastructure provider Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) said on Tuesday it was investing in a R72-million fibre infrastructure project, in the Eastern Cape. Over 100 km of fibre was being laid in the region that included Mthatha and East London. 

Probe into Turkcell claims ‘well under way’ – MTN

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     29th May 2012 The investigation into Turkish mobile operator Turkcell’s claims that JSE-listed MTN won a mobile licence in Iran by bribing officials of both governments, was well under way, MTN CEO Sifiso Dabengwa said on Tuesday. He added that the committee, headed up by British supreme-court judge Lord... 

Eskom’s Brian Dames opens African Utility Week at Nasrec on Tuesday

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st May 2012 MTN, Vodacom, Deloitte, Eaton, Powertech among global giants at utility expo, Eskom CEO Brian Dames will welcome more than 5000 power and utility professionals from more than 60 countries to the annual African Utility Week conference and exhibition at Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg on Tuesday... 

Company Announcement: Eskom’s Brian Dames opens African Utility Week at Nasrec on Tuesday

     21st May 2012 MTN, Vodacom, Deloitte, Eaton, Powertech among global giants at utility expo  

Dark Fibre invests R75m in fibre for Benoni

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th April 2012 Open access fibre infrastructure provider Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) has invested over R75-million to develop fibre infrastructure in and around the Benoni metropolitan area, it announced on Monday. The company, which has an expenditure plan of R3.5-billion countrywide, has been rolling out its... 

African Utility Week returns to Johannesburg

     13th April 2012 “We have come full circle, in a way," says African Utility Week (AUW) director Claire Volkwyn.  

Turkcell claims ‘simply ludicrous’ – MTN CEO  

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th April 2012 Mobile operator Turkcell’s loss of a cellular licence in Iran was a consequence of the telecommunications group’s failure to meet the conditions set out by the Iranian government, MTN CEO Sifiso Dabengwa said on Thursday. Turkcell has filed a suit in the US against MTN, claiming that it won the... 

Laser screed equipment range ensures flat industrial concrete floors

     6th April 2012 Laser screed machine technology has contributed to flooring technology firm Concrete Laser Flooring’s (CLF’s) success in laying consistently flat flooring for distribution centres, high-rack warehouses and storage depots. 

MTN appoints Uganda CEO as group operations exec

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd April 2012 Telecommunications group MTN appointed Themba Khumalo as group operations executive as part of its organisational restructuring. In March, MTN announced changes to its organisational model in efforts to improve organisational effectiveness.  

Former MTN CEO Nhleko denies Turkcell allegations

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd April 2012 Former MTN CEO Phuthuma Nhleko on Monday denied allegations of unlawful and corrupt behaviour, saying no bribes were authorised under his watch to secure a mobile operating licence in Iran. Nhleko, who stepped down as CEO in March 2011 after ten years at the company, said the litigation by... 

Icasa calls on telecoms firms to join the digital migration party

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th March 2012 Telecommunications group MTN has objected to the use of the Universal Service and Access Fund to subsidise the five-million set-top boxes (STB) required for digital terrestrial television (DTT). In a submission to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa), MTN pointed out... 

MTN slams Turkcell’s US court action threat

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th March 2012 Telecommunications group MTN on Monday criticised telecoms group Turkcell’s refusal to cooperate with an independent investigation set up by MTN. The investigation, headed up by British supreme-court judge Lord Leonard Hoffmann, would look into allegations by Turkcell of corruption in the bid to... 

MTN to spend R24bn on infrastructure this year

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th March 2012 Telecoms group MTN would spend R24.4-billion on key infrastructure projects to support voice quality, capacity and data growth during 2012, it said on Wednesday. Nigeria would be allocated the largest portion of the capital expenditure (capex) at R13.6-billion over an 18-month period. MTN said... 

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By: Yolande Botes     25th November 2011 In the last five years, Johannesburg-based natural gas reticulator Egoli Gas has signed several ongoing multimillion-rand contracts with businesses wanting to implement alternative energy solutions. The company has implemented solutions for the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital,... 

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