Cell C embrace future, unlike other two old farts.
South Africa's third largest mobile network Cell C is throwing down the gauntlet to its bigger rivals by launching a free WhatsApp calling offer. Cell C customers on the MegaBonus plan will be able to make free WhatsApp calls from Sunday, January 24, said the company in a statement on Friday. The move comes as a parliamentary meeting into over-the-top (OTT) regulation is planned for Tuesday, January 26. The CEOs of both MTN South African and Vodacom have p... Read more
Dumb pipes that still make billions eh?
Parliament’s discussions about regulating over-top-services (OTTs) kicked off on Tuesday with an expert saying that networks fear becoming pure infrastructure players. OTT services such as WhatsApp and Skype offer voice and text message offerings over data networks – often at a lower cost than traditional telecom services.... Read more
Cell C does right thing by not being greedy pig like MTN, Vodacom.
MTN has been vocal in recent months about its concerns that OTT services such as Whatsapp were eating into its voice-call profits by allowing people to communicate cheaply, piggy-backing on multibillion-rand investments by mobile network operators to extend their data coverage.
Yesterday, parliament's portfolio committee on telecommunications and postal services heard arguments from players and experts in the industry on whether these OTTs should be sub... Read more
Advertising fibre to everyone unable to get it.
Telkom has unveiled a partnership with Usain Bolt, who holds the 100m world record, to promote its fibre-to-the-home products. In an advertisement titled “Fast just got faster”, the company informs readers they can now “experience Boltspeed with Telkom fibre”. Telkom’s website does not contain any information about the “Boltspeed fibre” product, and it is assumed the company is promoting its 100Mbps service.... Read more
Price war to remain a South African pipe dream however.
Telkom’s possible acquisition of Cell C would result in a stronger competitor to Vodacom and MTN, according to Boyd Chislett, the MD of the soon-to-be-closed cellular service provider Altech Autopage. Telkom on Monday issued a market update in which it confirmed its intention to buy Cell C after reports about talks between the two companies surfaced earlier this year. Dubai-based Oger Telecom has a 75% stake in Cell C.... Read more