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MTN Group plans expansion in Iran

By: Reuters     29th November 2016 MTN Group, Africa's biggest mobile phone company, is planning to expand in Iran, from where it has only just managed to begin reptratiating profits. The move is part of MTN's 10-year plan to cement its leading position in risky but lucrative frontier markets in the Middle East and Africa, where... 

Liquid Telecoms’ buyout of Neotel nears final hurdle

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th November 2016 The R6.5-billion buyout of converged communications network operator Neotel by privately owned Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom is reaching its final hurdle – approval by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). The acquisition was progressing “very well” and the... 

BLSA appoints Mabuza as chair as it unveils new leaders

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st October 2016 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has announced the appointment of Telkom’s Jabu Mabuza as its new chairperson and Shell South Africa’s Bonang Mohale as its deputy chairperson after a council meeting, which also approved a new board of directors for the big business grouping. Mabuza and... 

Neotel optimistic for next decade as R6.5bn buyout nears conclusion

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th October 2016 Ten-year-old converged communications network operator Neotel is confident of the company’s further growth in the next decade as it awaits the conclusion of its buyout by privately-owned Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom. The R6.5-billion acquisition by a shareholder with a similar vision... 

Operators cannot move forward without high-demand spectrum

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th October 2016 While the #datamustfall movement is calling for lower data prices, telecommunications giant Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub says there is only so much an operator can do to comply with demands without high-demand spectrum. Speaking at the yearly MyBroadband Conference, which took place in Midrand, on... 

Home Affairs opens new contact centre to speed up service delivery

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th October 2016 Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Tuesday launched the Department of Home Affairs’ (DHA's) new contact centre, which is aimed at speeding up enquiries and at opening multiple avenues for citizens to access information about their applications and the validity of their documents. Situated at... 

PRASA unit, Vodacom in R1bn ICT services, dark-fibre-optic network lease deal

By: Irma Venter     14th October 2016   Vodacom has signed a 15-year deal with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), through its subsidiary Intersite Asset Investments, valued at more than R1-billion. Intersite is responsible for property and asset development within PRASA. It aims to raise additional revenue for the... 

PRASA, Vodacom sign R1bn, 15-year fibre deal

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2016  Vodacom has signed a 15-year deal with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), through its subsidiary Intersite Asset Investments, valued at more than R1-billion. Intersite is responsible for property and asset development within PRASA. It aims to raise additional revenue for the... 

Vodacom enhances coverage in Gautrain’s underground tunnels

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th September 2016 Telecommunications giant Vodacom has enhanced its connectivity coverage along select routes of Gautrain’s underground tracks with speeds in excess of 100 Mb/s The group on Tuesday announced that its fourth-generation (4G) coverage currently deployed along the Rosebank, Sandton, Marlboro and... 

Deloitte acquires youth-led innovation hub

     30th August 2016 In a move designed to further diversify its offerings across industry sectors, Deloitte has acquired South African youth-led innovation consultancy SpringAge with effect from 1 August, 2016.   Founded in 2012 by female entrepreneurs Neliswa Fente and Raelene Rorke Clarke, SpringAge finds... 

Merchants launches second Vodacom customer service centre

     11th August 2016 With the opening of its Vodacom contact centre in Cape Town, leading South African BPO provider, Merchants, can now claim the title of longest standing partner and largest contact centre provider in South Africa. With the addition of this centre, Merchants is now accountable for operating the... 

Multimillion Rand Africa Projects Offer Huge Potential For SA Stainless Steel Supply

     5th August 2016 Strategic trips by the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) to Tanzania, Senegal and Mozambique as part of the dti’s Export Marketing and Investment Assistance Scheme (EMIA) have yielded a number of exciting, ‘new market’ opportunities for local companies wishing to... 

Data the new voice as Telkom shifts focus

By: News24Wire      22nd July 2016 Gigabytes are becoming more important than voice minutes when it comes to mobile networks structuring their phone contracts, says an expert. On Thursday, Telkom unveiled its new mobile contracts. 

Vodacom revenue rises y/y in Q1

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st July 2016 JSE-listed Vodacom’s year-on-year performance has been sustained in the first quarter of the new financial year. While quarter-on-quarter growth declined, the telecommunications giant on Thursday posted year-on-year group service revenue growth of 7.3% to R16.8-billion for the three months to... 

Vodacom, DoH deploy real-time medicine availability monitoring app

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th July 2016 Telecommunications giant Vodacom and South Africa’s Department of Health (DoH) have spent the last few months deploying a mobile-based real-time system that monitors the availability of medicines at primary healthcare (PHC) clinics and mitigates sporadic through recurring challenges of medicine... 

Armscor: No ‘classified’ data leaked in Anonymous hack

By: News24Wire      13th July 2016 State-owned arms supplier Armscor has said a cyber breach on its website has not resulted in classified or sensitive information being leaked. Hacktivists claiming links to the Anonymous group have breached Armscor’s website, dumping hundreds of records linked to the company’s settlement and... 

Muthambi lashes out at Nzimande over digital TV

By: News24Wire      21st June 2016 Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has hit out at Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande over recent comments he made about digital television. Nzimande, who also heads up the South African Communist Party (SACP), told Eyewitness News last week that Muthambi went against ANC policy on... 

Chamber celebrates 160 years of business operations

     27th May 2016 Network organisation the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) celebrated 160 years of operation at its annual gala dinner last month. More than 900 guests were in attendance, hosted at corporate tables acquired by the major companies in Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal. 

Vodacom lifts FY revenue by 7.5%, despite a lowered dividend

By: Samantha Herbst     16th May 2016 Despite a 1.2% cut in yearly dividend, and seeing a slight decline in customers to 61.3-million owing to international customer registration requirements, JSE-listed telecommunications group Vodacom continued with its growth trajectory off the back of a difficult 2015 financial year, seeing a... 

Government support imperative for solar energy in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th May 2016 One of the biggest challenges hindering large projects in the commercial and industrial sectors in South Africa is the lack of a legal framework enabling the production of alternate sources of energy, says photovoltaic module manufacturer SolarWorld Africa MD Gregor Kuepper. 

Court orders Vodacom to pay Please Call Me inventor

By: News24Wire      26th April 2016 South Africa’s highest legal authority, the Constitutional Court, has ruled that Vodacom must compensate the inventor of the Please Call Me SMS product. The court on Tuesday morning found Vodacom was bound by an agreement with Kenneth Nkosana Makate who has said he invented the Please Call Me... 

New Management Committee To Steer Wi-Fi Forum SA Into Second Year

     25th April 2016 The Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa has successfully completed its first year and elected a new management committee to take it into a second year of lobbying for Wi-Fi as a viable and affordable access medium for the majority of the country's population. Management committee members elected at the... 

‘New’ development bank

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2016 The New Development Bank (NDB), which is in the process of being established by the Brics bloc of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, is aspiring to begin approving its first batch of loans from next month. South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced during his Budget... 

Vodacom shelves R7bn bid for Neotel

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st March 2016 Telecommunications giant Vodacom has abandoned its years-long R7-billion bid for converged network operator Neotel after regulatory complexities and the failure to fulfill certain conditions led to the restructured proposal’s lapse. Last year, Vodacom undertook an eleventh-hour restructure of its... 

AIAC expands Johannesburg presence with new office move

     5th February 2016 AIAC Air Conditioning South Africa, a manufacturer of air conditioning and IT cooling systems, has now moved to larger premises on the 154 Schooner St, Laser Park, Honeydew, Johannesburg where it has been situated since 1 December 2015 Part of the Airedale International group of companies, AIAC... 

Vodacom lifts data revenue 27.5% in Q3  

By: Anine Kilian     3rd February 2016 Telecommunications group Vodacom grew its data revenue by 27.5% year-on-year to R5.52-billion for the three months ended December 31, while overall revenue increased by 8.7% year-on-year to R21.74-billion. “Customer demand for high-speed mobile data is growing across our footprint, supporting a... 

Vodacom: Double debit glitch hit 200 000 accounts

By: News24Wire      5th January 2016 About 200 000 Vodacom accounts have been affected by a technical glitch that resulted in customers being incorrectly double debited twice last week. This is according to an updated statement from Vodacom on Tuesday, as the company continues processing refunds to affected customers. 

R1bn telecoms deal referred back to CompComm

By: Natalie Greve     9th December 2015 The Competition Tribunal has referred back to the Competition Commission (CompComm) the cases involving the sale of Altech Autopage’s subscriber bases to telecommunications giants MTN, Vodacom and Cell C for some R1-billion, asking the commission for further investigation, after certain concerns... 

Vodacom backtracks on Neotel licences 

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th December 2015 Telecommunications group Vodacom has abandoned its bid for Neotel’s spectrum and Electronic Communications Network Services licences, besides others, choosing rather to focus on the converged network operator’s fixed-line assets. The Competition Tribunal would now undertake a December 10... 

Neotel CEO Sunil Joshi quits

By: News24Wire      7th December 2015 Sunil Joshi, the CEO of fixed-line telecommunications company Neotel, has resigned. His resignation comes after an investigation by the board of the company cleared him of bribery, Neotel said on Monday. 

PIC concludes transaction to buy government’s stake in Vodacom

By: African News Agency      2nd December 2015 The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has finalised its deal to buy the South African government’s 13.9% equity stake in Vodacom, the investment managers said in a statement on Wednesday. “This is a culmination of the process that began in the first quarter of 2015, which saw the first tranche... 

Durban to house R150m Chinese fibre-optics plant

By: News24Wire      2nd December 2015 Chinese fibre maker YOFC is injecting R150-million into a local manufacturing facility to produce one million kilometres of cable each year. Durban’s Dube Tradeport Special Economic Zone will house the fibre-making facility, which is expected to be completed and operational by the end of 2016. 

Vodacom, Neotel deal hangs in the balance as hearings postponed indefinitely

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd November 2015 Telecommunications giant Vodacom and converged network operator Neotel have two weeks to decide whether the proposed merger between the two companies would continue in an “amended” form or be abandoned altogether. Following an eleventh-hour postponement of the Competition Tribunal hearings for... 

'Disgruntled manager' sues Vodacom DRC for R200bn

By: News24Wire      19th November 2015 Mobile operator Vodacom is being sued for $14-billion (R197-billion) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by a controlling shareholder of a minority partner in that country. The legal matter relates to a claim brought forward by Alieu Conteh in the Commercial Court of Kinshasa against... 

World Panel unveils sun-powered mobile charging solution

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th November 2015 World Panel on Tuesday unveiled its latest robust technology, which “streams” solar-generated electricity into mobile devices, aimed at providing charging solutions for rural mobile phone owners. In a first step to get SunStream, showcased at AfricaCom in Cape Town this week, onto the local... 

Eskom expects tariff clawback to cover big portion of R30bn 2016 funding gap 

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2015 State-owned electricity producer Eskom says it should end its current financial year with a cash balance of between R10-billion and R15-billion and that its liquidity outlook for its 2016/17 financial year has also improved, with its funding requirement having narrowed from R47-billion to around... 

Vodacom rebounds from tough year, reports solid H1 performance 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th November 2015 Telecommunications group Vodacom on Monday posted a strong start to the 2016 financial year as the South African operations recovered and the international operations continued its solid performance. After overcoming what was previously described as one of its toughest years yet, with... 

DA looks to amend budget to play catch-up on R2.7bn fees shortfall 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th October 2015 While President Jacob Zuma’s announcement that there would be no fee increases for universities for 2016 – following two weeks of protests by tertiary students nationwide – was a welcome relief for all students, no mention was made of where the resulting shortfall in university income, estimated... 

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