Telecommunications border patrol
7 July 2006
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MTN has made a commitment to link arms with entities fighting for cheaper telecommunications in SA, one of the most expensive countries in the world when it comes to mobile tariffs.
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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is to hold public hearings this Friday to discuss ways of reducing the cost to communicate in South Africa.
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A suspect has been arrested in connection with allegedly stealing airtime worth R5 million from MTN.
In a statement, the operator Africa֒s largest says it worked closely with the South Africa Police Service (SAPS) to arrest the individual. ֓The arrest comes after an intense internal investigation that led to the arrest in the early hours [of] today.
The matter is now sub-judice and MTN can not divulge further details regarding the case,...