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Telecoms News

Telkom, YES partner to create ICT job opportunities

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th May 2022 Telecommunications group Telkom has partnered with business-driven initiative Youth Employment Service (YES) to provide 499 South African youth access to job opportunities, learn future-fit skills in the ever-growing information and communications technology (ICT) sector and contribute to their... 

Lithium-ion battery assembly plant opened in Cape Town

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2022 Swedish energy storage specialist Polarium has opened a lithium-ion battery assembly plant in Montague Park, Cape Town. The facility is the group’s third in the world, with the other two plants in Mexico and Vietnam. 

Nedbank invests in RapidDeploy for rapid response technology for public safety

By: Schalk Burger     18th May 2022 Financial services firm Nedbank has made an equity investment into emergency response technology platform RapidDeploy to deliver life-saving rapid response technology for public safety. The firm notes that investment in such technologies is necessary owing to the antiquated, legacy technology... 

Opening of new Cape Town call centres to boost the city’s R14bn industry 

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2022 The opening of new call-centre sites in Cape Town shows that the city’s business process outsourcing (BPO) industry is shining brighter than ever, says City of Cape Town Economic Growth MMC James Vos. Teleperformance’s Observatory site currently hosts 1 500 staff, servicing four clients from the... 

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Vodacom posts earnings increases as it concludes watershed transition year

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th May 2022 As telecommunications group Vodacom posts increases across the board for the year ended March 31, group CEO Shameel Joosub describes the year under review as being watershed for the evolving technology group. Vodacom has made significant strides in transitioning into a pan-African technology... 

MTN posts strong Q1 performance

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th May 2022 Telecommunications group MTN has reported a strong first quarter, delivering double-digit service revenue growth and expanding earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) margins. During the three months to March 31, group Ebitda increased by 21.1%, with the Ebitda... 

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MTN South Africa invests R2.2bn in Gauteng network modernisation

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th May 2022 Telecommunications group MTN South Africa is investing R2.2-billion into its 2022 network modernisation programme in Gauteng to meet demand, maintain network excellence and extend reach into township areas. MTN’s countrywide modernisation of network South Africa, or Monza, project – 68% of which... 

Liquid partners with Peace Cable Company

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th May 2022 Pan-African technology group Liquid Intelligent Technologies has partnered with Peace Cable Company to introduce 800 Gb/s of additional subsea capacity in Mombasa on the global submarine cable, which will be ready in 2022. While acting as a new global Internet route between Asia, Europe and the... 

MTN Group links remuneration of senior executives to ESG goals

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th May 2022 Telecommunications giant MTN Group has linked the remuneration of senior executives with the group’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) targets, supporting the delivery of its Ambition 2025 strategy and, in particular, the strategic priority to create shared value with ESG at the core.... 

WAPA encourages government to release 1 200 GHz of WiFi 6E spectrum

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th May 2022 New data shows that South Africa could benefit by $57.76-billion over the next 10 years by enabling 1 200 license-exempt megahertz in the 6 GHz band. This comprises $34.81-billion in gross domestic product contribution, $13.32-billion in producer surplus to South African businesses and... 

Vodacom South Africa MD appointed

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th May 2022 Vodacom Tanzania MD Sitho Mdlalose has been appointed as Vodacom South Africa MD, effective July 1, succeeding Balesh Sharma, who is stepping down at the end of June to pursue an external career opportunity. Mdlalose, who has been Vodacom Tanzania MD since August 2021, will return to South Africa... 

Ethiopia's State telecom launches 5G services in capital

By: Reuters     10th May 2022 State-owned operator Ethio Telecom launched a fifth-generation (5G) mobile phone service on Monday in a key step ahead of competition from new entrants in an industry that has been closed for international players. Next-generation 5G networks can provide data speeds at least 20 times faster than... 

Spectrum key to driving digital and economic transformation

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th May 2022 As the long-awaited spectrum is released, the improved access to spectrum for smaller players will increase competition in the market and ultimately benefit the consumer. In March, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) completed a nearly week-long auction process that... 

Altron expects decrease in overall group earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th May 2022 JSE-listed Altron expects to report a 58% to 78% increase in headline earnings per share (HEPS) of its continued operations to between 49c and 55c for the twelve months ended February 28. However, the impairments on certain intangible assets have negatively impacted earnings, with basic earnings... 

USTDA issues grant for Western Cape broadband study

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th May 2022 The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is providing grant funding for California-based certified woman-owned small business Global Resources to undertake a feasibility study to expand broadband infrastructure for 500 000 people in South Africa’s Western Cape. The study will assess the... 

MTN injects R624m into Eastern Cape network expansion

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd May 2022 Telecommunications group MTN is investing R624-million to upgrade and deploy new network infrastructure across the Eastern Cape this year. The investment forms part of MTN’s ‘Modernisation of Network South Africa’, or Monza, project to expand network reach into rural communities, drive 5G... 

MTN Nigeria achieves growth during first quarter, despite drop in subscribers

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th April 2022 Telecommunications group MTN Nigeria has achieved a 22% increase in service revenue to N469.8-billion during the first quarter of 2022, led by growth in data and supported by voice, fintech and digital services. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) grew by 25.7%... 

Polarium opens lithium-ion battery assembly plant in Cape Town 

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2022 Swedish energy storage specialist Polarium has opened a lithium-ion battery assembly plant in Montague Park, Cape Town. The facility is the group’s third in the world, with a plant each in Mexico and Vietnam. 

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MTN Ghana achieves double-digit growth in first quarter

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th April 2022 Telecommunications group MTN Ghana has reported an increase in subscribers, service revenue and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) for the first quarter of 2022 despite a tough start to the year. Ebitda increased by 46.6% to GHS1 403-million, with a 4.9... 

Google’s Equiano cable lands in Nigeria

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd April 2022 Google and its cable landing partner WIOCC have landed the Equiano subsea cable in Lagos, Nigeria. The cable, named after Nigerian-born writer and abolitionist Olaudah Equiano, will become a critical element in meeting Nigeria’s current and future international connectivity demands and will help... 

Altron announces interim CEO

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th April 2022 JSE-listed technology company Altron has appointed Stewart van Graan as executive chairperson and acting CEO, effective July 1. In January, CEO Mteto Nyati announced that he was stepping down as group CEO of JSE-listed technology company Altron, effective June 30. 

2Africa deployment underway with first landing in Italy

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th April 2022 The deployment of the 2Africa subsea cable system remains on track for completion in 2024 as it completes the first landing in Genoa, Italy. Vodafone, the 2Africa landing party in Genoa, partnered with Equinix to land the cable directly into the Equinix Carrier Neutral Data Centers (CNDC), with... 

A step forward as South Africa embarks on first spectrum auction in over a decade

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2022 The widely celebrated conclusion of South Africa’s first high-demand spectrum auction in well over a decade has been hailed as a welcome milestone that could lead to lower communication costs, expanded network reach to rural and outlying areas, improved network quality and enhanced competition.... 

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Many hydrogen opportunities in S Africa

By: Sabrina Jardim     15th April 2022 The export of green hydrogen is an opportunity South Africa should capitalise on, as are a number of other hydrogen opportunities that are available, says hydrogen-focused company Hydrogen Energy Applications (HYENA) CEO Niels Luchters. “Hydrogen and fuel cells provide a reliable energy source,... 

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DR JACK FLETCHER & NIELS LUCHTERS HYENA’s POWER POD is a diesel generator replacement and is currently being developed as a prototype

MTN’s Supersonic launches 5G rollout

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th April 2022 Telecommunications group MTN’s Supersonic has launched a fifth-generation (5G) offering and expanded its broadband Internet service, Home FLTE. This builds on the launch of the Airfibre solution at the beginning of 2021 and makes further strides in helping connect the unconnected at affordable... 

EOH ‘back in the black’, able to allocate capital for future growth

By: Schalk Burger     13th April 2022 Information and communications technology (ICT) services company EOH improved its gross profit margin to 29.9%; its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) margin to 9.7%; and its operating profit margin to 4.8% for the six months ended January 31. The company... 

MTN injects R749m for Western Cape network modernisation drive

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th April 2022 Telecommunications group MTN is investing R749-million into its Western Cape operations to boost its expansion drive into rural and periurban areas and continue its major fifth-generation (5G) rollout. The top three targets for the province in 2022 are improving availability of the network,... 

Alex SME and youth digital business hub gets a boost from Datacentrix

By: Schalk Burger     12th April 2022 Information technology (IT) systems integrator and service provider Datacentrix has, as part of ongoing efforts to enable economic development, joined its long-term business partner IT devices and services company Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) in supporting the new Greater Alexandra Chamber of... 

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Floods impact MTN communications in KwaZulu-Natal

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th April 2022 Telecommunications group MTN is working to restore telecommunications services after the heavy rains in KwaZulu-Natal caused widespread infrastructure damage and power outages resulting in over 500 MTN sites down in the region. MTN said in an update on Tuesday that it has activated contingency... 

Icasa, Telkom reach an agreement over spectrum 

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th April 2022 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) and Telkom have reached an agreement to end the litigation over the high demand radio frequency spectrum licensing process. Under the agreement, Telkom agreed to withdraw the legal application, while Icasa agreed to issue an... 

EOH announces deal with Seacom

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th April 2022 Pan-African telecommunications service provider Seacom is set to acquire technology services company EOH’s Network Solutions (EOH-NS) and Hymax businesses for R144.9-million. The agreement comes as EOH progresses its targeted disposals strategy, which includes assets that are capital intensive,... 

Moody’s upgrade benefits MTN

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th April 2022 Telecommunications group MTN Group has welcomed Moody’s Investor Services upgrade of its credit rating outlook to ‘stable’ from ‘negative’, in line with its rerating of the South African sovereign, and reflecting the company’s strong financial performance and reduced leverage. “As a company... 

MTN Nigeria implements NCC’s outgoing call restrictions

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2022 Telecommunications multinational MTN Nigeria has assured shareholders that it has complied with the Nigerian Communications Commission’s (NCC’s) directive and implemented the restrictions on outgoing voice calls of certain subscribers, the group said in a statement. All other services remain... 

MTN injects R820m in networks in Limpopo, Mpumalanga

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th April 2022 Telecommunications giant MTN South Africa is investing R820-million to modernise its network and deploy new infrastructure across Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The investment is directed to MTN’s Modernisation of Network South Africa project (Monza), as well as rural reach and fifth-generation (5G)... 

Sharma to step down as Vodacom South Africa MD

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st March 2022 Vodacom South Africa MD Balesh Sharma is stepping down from his role, effective June 30, to pursue an external opportunity in Europe. Sharma was appointed as MD in September 2020 to establish a new standalone Vodacom South Africa entity. 

Icasa publishes findings on call termination review

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th March 2022 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has published the findings of its review of the Call Termination Regulations of 2014 and the pro-competitive conditions or measures imposed on relevant licensees. In a statement, published on Wednesday, Icasa said that local... 

Icasa welcomes court judgement, order on the digital migration case

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th March 2022 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has welcomed the judgment and order issued by the full bench of the Pretoria High Court in respect of the digital migration case between e.tv and Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni. The High Court... 

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