22 new LTE sites a day to strike fear in the hearts of competition.
Vodacom intends expanding the size of its network in Gauteng dramatically in the next financial year, with plans to add 555 4G/LTE towers in the province by the end of March 2015.
The expansion, which also includes the deployment of new 2G and 3G sites, forms part of Vodacoms intention to spend about R9bn on its network in the 2015 financial year, which begins on 1 April. By way of comparison, Vodacom spent about R7bn in South Africa in the 2014 financi... Read more
Regulator to be regulated.
THE fight by cellphone operators against plans by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to reduce call fees is intensifying.
On Wednesday, Vodacom filed court papers to stop the sector regulator from cutting mobile termination rates fees cellphone companies charge each other for calls. MTN filed a similar case less than two weeks ago.
Icasa plans to cut the fees by half to 20c a minute. But MTN and Vodacom would have to pay smaller ... Read more
Oddly though still opposed to LLU, lower IPC prices, lower ADSL line rental, naked ADSL etc etc
Telkom has weighed in on the battle raging in the telecommunications industry over mobile termination rates, the fees operators pay each other to carry calls between their networks. Group CEO Sipho Maseko says recent moves to oppose reduced rates, which will take effect on 1 April, will delay reducing the cost of calls to consumers and are not in the public interest.
MTN has taken communications regulator Icasa to court, accusing it of not following due... Read more
Like grapes at a wine making fair.
Dominant incumbents are typically defensive when any attempt is made to curb their otherwise abusive behaviour, but isnt MTN taking it a bit far? Not content to make ғsuper-normal profits (more than normal profits, or the amount of revenue generated after paying costs, by a monopoly) for nearly 15 years, MTN wants to choke the consumer further by refusing to accept regulatory intervention under law, by sector regulator Icasa.
As Research ICT Afric... Read more
Cellular catfights actually more entertaining than originally thought.
MOBILE network operator Cell Cs acting CEO, Jose dos Santos, on Thursday said rival MTNҒs court action to stop the communications regulator from implementing new rates was an attempt to avoid losing customers.
Mr Dos Santos pointed out that in its founding affidavit filed on Wednesday, MTN had said it believed the new pricing structure would be irreversible once implemented, and would change the structure of the market. "It means they will lose cu... Read more