What the large print giveth, the small print taketh away.
MTN South Africa has defended its unilateral implementation from November 2014 of a US$0,25/minute interconnection fee on international inbound calls and has warned the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) that it will take the matter to court unless the communications regulator backs down on a decision to block the operator from imposing the fee. Earlier this month, in response to a complaint lodged by the Internet Service Provider... Read more
Annual Telkom strike threats arrive a little earlier this year.
THE Communication Workers Union (CWU) has taken aim at Telkom’s multiyear turnaround strategy, saying it may down tools this week in a bid to delay the transfer of outsourced staff to new employers on Wednesday. The CWU said on Friday that it was in the process of securing a strike notice that would result in a "total shutdown of Telkom" should the government-controlled fixed-line operator fail to agree to demands including that the transfer of staff be ... Read more
Not nearly as much as Ekom has, mind you.
In what comes as a change amid an ongoing price war that has seen prices steadily dropping, Vodacom has announced it will be increasing the subscription fees on selected contract price plans as of 1 May. Increases apply to Vodacom Smart, uChoose Smart, uChoose Flexi, Top Up and Mobile Broadband packages.... Read more
Sore thumbs directly proportional to money saved.
Cell C has extended its free WhatsApp promotion to 30 June 2015. The promotion was due to end on 31 March 2015 – a date which was an extension itself, announced in December 2014. "Due to popular demand, Cell C is extending the Free WhatsApp promotion until 30/06/2015," Cell C stated in a message to subscribers. The free WhatsApp promotion lets all Cell C contract customers and MegaBonus prepaid users use the messaging service without incurring data charg... Read more
Eskom's apathy and uselessness costs everyone dearly in the end.
Eskom's power blackouts have forced South Africa’s mobile operators to stockpile fuel and secure emergency supplies to keep their networks running. This is according to a report by Bloomberg. According to the report, MTN has strengthened its deals with suppliers to run its generators when the power goes out. Vodacom has increased its diesel reserves, is upgrading its generators, and installing additional diesel storage capacity at critical core network s... Read more