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Telecoms News

Cell C shows improved H1

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 4 hours ago Mobile operator Cell C has reported improvements in profitability and operational efficiencies during the six months to June 30, 2021, as steady progress is made in the company’s phased turnaround. With the implementation of a new operating model and network strategy, along with new customers... 

Altron’s Mteto Nyati receives honorary doctorate

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th October 2021 JSE-listed Altron Group CEO Mteto Nyati has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Johannesburg’s College of Business and Economics. “The institution recognises the outstanding contribution of Mteto Nyati, driven by elevating others, service, integrity, excellence and fairness,”... 

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Mteto Nyati

Altron shows positive first-half rebound

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th October 2021 JSE-listed Altron has delivered an improved financial performance during the six months to August 31, 2021, as it continues to navigate a challenging environment. During the first half of the year, the company achieved a 238% increase in headline earnings a share to 11c and an operating profit... 

Huge, Cell C settle dispute

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2021 A dispute between JSE-listed Huge Group-affiliated Huge Cellular and Cell C Service Provider Company, a company affiliated with Cell C, has been settled. The duo have concluded an agreement that settles their respective disputes with the other. 

Vodacom launches Eco-SIM cards made from recycled plastic

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th October 2021 Vodacom is launching Eco-SIM cards made from recycled plastic in South Africa, as the company works to reduce its impact on the environment by halving its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. The South African launch of the half-sized format recycled cards, which will progressively replace SIM cards... 

South Atlantic Cable System reports surging traffic

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2021 The South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) has reported significant ten-fold increase in traffic since September 2018, when the 6 156 km intercontinental subsea cable went live, nearly halving latency between Africa and the Americas and opening an express digital connection to accelerate digital and... 

Liquid launches new Asia-US global Internet transit route through Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th October 2021 Pan-African technology group Liquid Intelligent Technologies has launched its shortest terrestrial fibre route from the east to the west coasts of Africa, connecting Mombasa, in Kenya, to Muanda, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The completion of this route establishes a new global Internet... 

MTN, Vodacom join Telkom in temporary spectrum lawsuit

By: Reuters     19th October 2021 South Africa's two biggest mobile operators, MTN and Vodacom, have joined number three Telkom in a lawsuit to stop the regulator withdrawing temporary frequency spectrum assigned at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. The temporary spectrum allowed the operators to deliver faster connectivity to... 

IHS Holding's planned IPO should support growth and diversification strategy, S&P says

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2021 Ratings agency S&P Global Ratings said that mobile tower company IHS Holdings' plans to complete an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange will boost the company's growth and diversification strategy. IHS intends issuing 22.5-million shares, including 80% in primary shares and 20% in secondary shares... 

IHS announces IPO pricing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th October 2021 Telecommunications shared infrastructure independent owners, operators and developers IHS Holdings has announced the pricing of its initial public offering (IPO) of IHS Towers’ 18-million ordinary shares at a public offering price of $21 a share. MTN, in a statement issued on October 14, said... 

Icasa intends to oppose litigation by Telkom on the temporary spectrum 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th October 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has resolved to oppose Telkom’s litigation to stop the expiry of the temporary Covid-19 spectrum allocation. In August, the authority directed the various telecommunications companies to return the temporary spectrum it assigned to... 

MTN clinches best network rating again

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th October 2021 Telecommunications group MTN has retained the crown of best mobile network in South Africa with a network quality score of 9.58 in the third quarter of 2021. The MyBroadband Mobile Network Quality Report shows that Vodacom secured a network quality score of 6.25, followed by Telkom with 5.18,... 

MTN appoints Adekunle Awobodu as digital, fintech CFO

By: Schalk Burger     7th October 2021 Telecommunications multinational MTN Group has appointed Adekunle Awobodu as its digital and financial technology (DigiFin) CFO. His responsibilities include ensuring the growth of these platforms in line with the group’s strategic intent as set out in its 'Ambition 2025: Leading digital... 

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MTN DigiFin CFO Adekunle Awobodu

South Africa’s digital migration accelerates

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th October 2021 South Africa’s long-delayed transition from analogue broadcasting to digital terrestrial television (TV) under the broadcasting digital migration (BDM) programme has been accelerated, with an ambition of concluding the analogue switch off (ASO) across all nine province by the end of January 2022.... 

MTN Uganda to float 20% of shares on Uganda Securities Exchange

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th October 2021 Telecommunications group MTN Uganda plans to proceed with an initial public offer (IPO) and subsequently list on the Uganda Securities Exchange (USE) following approval from the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) and USE for MTN Group to sell 20% of its shareholding in MTN Uganda to the public. The... 

Altron to sell Altron People Solutions business

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st October 2021 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) has split its Altron People Solutions business and sold them to two buyers, effective October 1, after holding it for sale over the past year. The Altron People Solutions’ Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Customer Experience Technology business has... 

Icasa set to auction spectrum from March 2022

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st October 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is preparing to start the auction of the high demand spectrum from March 1, 2022. A new roadmap envisages the publication of invitation to apply for the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) spectrum by December 10, 2021. 

2Africa now extends to the Arabian Gulf, India and Pakistan

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th September 2021 A new segment has been added to the 2Africa subsea cable system, bringing the total length of the 2Africa cable system to over 45 000 km and making it the longest subsea cable system ever deployed. The new 2Africa PEARLS branch extends to the Arabian Gulf, India and Pakistan, the 2Africa... 

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Telkom to list mast and towers unit

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd September 2021 Telecommunications group Telkom is pursuing a separate listing of its masts and towers business, Swiftnet, on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. A final determination on the listing of the Telkom subsidiary, which is under management by Gyro, will be made by the end of the financial year. 

New working group to encourage smartphone increase for the unconnected

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th September 2021 Vodafone Group and the United Nation’s (UN’s) International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have partnered to launch an initiative aimed at identifying policy, commercial and circular-economy interventions to increase smartphone access. Of the 3.7-billion not connected to the Internet, 3.4-billion... 

SA telcos moving aggressively to add fintech offerings to mobile money base

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th September 2021 South Africa’s major telecommunications companies are accelerating their financial technology (fintech) strategies and betting big on Africa’s untapped digital economy potential to bolster dwindling traditional revenues in an ever-evolving digital era. Boasting huge volumes of customers with... 

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Liquid connects the DRC, Congo Brazzaville with high-speed connectivity

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th September 2021 Technology group Liquid Intelligent Technologies has bridged communications between Kinshasa and Congo Brazzaville after leveraging wireless optical communication technology (WOC) from Project Taara at X, Alphabet’s moonshot factory, to deliver affordable high-speed connectivity to communities in... 

Nokia, ATU team up to drive Africa’s digital transformation

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th September 2021 Information and communication technology (ICT) group Nokia and the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to drive digital transformation and the knowledge economy for socioeconomic development across Africa. The two parties aim to leverage the... 

African Rainbow Capital’s portfolio expands on back of fair value gains

By: Donna Slater     14th September 2021 JSE-listed African Rainbow Capital’s (ARC’s) intrinsic portfolio value increased by 16.3% from R10.55-billion as at June 30, 2020, to R12.27-billion as at June 30, this year. Net fair value gains accounted for R909-million of the increase and net investments for the remaining R810-million... 

Vodacom installs new solar-powered sites to reduce carbon emissions

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2021 Information and communication technology giant Vodacom has invested more than R8-million to install new solar-powered sites in Polokwane, Vereeniging and Bloemfontein as the company continues to secure alternative energy sources to power its operations where feasible. The three new solar-powered... 

MTN partners with Flutterwave in new mobile money partnership

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th September 2021 Information and communications technology group MTN has partnered with payments technology company Flutterwave to enable Flutterwave business customers to use MTN Mobile Money (MoMo) as a payment method. This means that businesses integrating Flutterwave in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Rwanda, Uganda... 

MTN Nigeria secures licence renewal

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th September 2021 The Nigerian Communications Commission has renewed MTN Nigeria’s Unified Access Service (UAS) licence and spectrum licence for wireless local loop in the 900 MHz and 1 800 MHz band, subject to licensing conditions, including additional amounts under discussion. This means the licences, which... 

Telkom calls for 'fair and transparent' new spectrum auction rules

By: Reuters     8th September 2021 Telkom on Wednesday called on regulator Icasa to create new spectrum licensing auction rules that were "fair and transparent", after the watchdog consented to a court order declaring the previous process flawed. The country's third biggest telecom company had asked a court to prevent the... 

MTN is said to be in talks with buyers for Afghani wireless unit

By: Bloomberg     8th September 2021 MTN Group is in talks with potential international buyers for its wireless business in Afghanistan, a bid to accelerate plans to exit the country, according to people familiar with the matter. Africa’s biggest mobile-phone operator, the market leader in Afghanistan with a 40% share, is in... 

Icasa consents to set aside order for spectrum ITAs

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th September 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) and South Africa’s telecommunications operators have not reached an out-of-court settlement on the current spectrum impasse. Icasa has decided to consent to an order setting aside its decision to publish the Invitations To Apply... 

FTTx presents opportunities for consumers, business

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th September 2021 Fibre-to-the-x (FTTx) is a bundle of opportunities wrapped in legacy challenges that can be overcome to deliver immense value to the business, consumer and public sector alike, said International Data Corporation senior research and consulting manager and telco and Internet of Things sub-Saharan... 

South Africa’s radio telescope success stimulates international expansion investment

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd September 2021 The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) has already awarded the contracts for the construction of the infrastructure required for the expansion of the country’s world-leading MeerKAT radio telescope array. Located in the Karoo region, roughly west of the Northern Cape town of... 

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Paratus Botswana bolsters network with $6m fibre backbone

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2021 Telecommunications network multinational Paratus Botswana has invested more than $6-million in independent fibre connectivity in Botswana as a seamless add-on to its existing infrastructure backbone. “At no extra cost to customers, fibre connectivity will give businesses unmatched uptime via a... 

Telcos to lose access to temporary spectrum by November 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th August 2021 The temporary spectrum assigned by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) to enable South Africa’s telecommunications companies to handle the surge in demand for connectivity during the country’s Covid-19-linked State of Disaster has not been renewed. Licensees have... 

Cell C swings into profit, secures funding

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th August 2021 As telecommunications firm Cell C swings to a profit, the embattled group has taken another step closer to the conclusion of a long-awaited recapitalisation. Cell C majority shareholder Blue Label Telecoms said on August 26 that the operator had reported a significant turnaround in profitability,... 

Blue Label reports increase in earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th August 2021 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms has reported an increase in earnings for the year ended May 31, 2021. The group reported core headline earnings for the year under review of R788-million – of which R763-million related to continuing operations and R25-million to discontinued operations. 

Teraco completes Isando-based JB3 data centre facility

By: Donna Slater     19th August 2021 Vendor-neutral data centre and interconnection services provider Teraco Data Environments has completed the JB3 data centre facility, located within the Isando campus, in Ekurhuleni.   JB3 comprises 45 000 m2 of building structure, 12 000 m2 of data hall space and 29 MW of critical power load,... 

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