While Telkom might become more competitive as a result of the introduction of increased technology, 5 000 of its employees could lose their jobs in the next two to three years.
Telkom's chief executive, Sizwe Nxasana, said on a roadshow in the US that the telecommunications company wanted to reduce its staff from 33 000 to 28 000 to cut costs.
"It's part of our plan to ensure that we increase efficiencies and productivity in business,'' Nxasana said.... Read more
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa announced on Monday that it had authorised Telkom hiking its tariffs and fees by 2,7 percent next year.
Icasa spokesperson Jubie Matlou said the increases would come into effect on January 1, 2004, and were considerably lower than the previous 9,5-percent hike.
Icasa had also asked the telecommunications company not to implement a proposed higher tariffs for fixed-to-mobile instruments.
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The position of Telkom chief operating officer Shawn McKenzie was unaffected by the appointment of Brian Manning as alternate director, the company said on Wednesday.
It said a misunderstanding cropped up with an announcement that Manning, financial comptroller, would become an alternate director.
This position became available when Telkom's former chief financial officer, Anthony Lewis, was transferred to a position in the United States earlier this... Read more
Telkom, the listed telecoms monopoly, and the government will soon present a package deal to encourage call centres to relocate to South Africa.
Lionel October, the deputy director general in charge of enterprise and industry development at the department of trade and industry (dti), said yesterday that the department had been engaged in high-level meetings with the department of communications and Telkom about making conditions attractive for call cent... Read more
Orion Cellular has filed an application with the Competition Tribunal to compel Telkom to release information related to discounts offered to customers of the fixed line operator.
The least cost routing operator argues that two of its customers, Standard Bank and Edgars Consolidated, were singled out for discounts by Telkom.
Least cost routing is a method used by suppliers and cellular operators to save costs by routing their calls away from Telkom's... Read more
The Independent Communications Authority of SA had approved lower call charges from the Telkom network to Vodacom subscribers in 2004, the fixed line operator said late on Monday.
Telkom owns 50 percent of Vodacom and the remaining stake is held by Britain's Vodafone and local company VenFin.
"We'll lower our charges by 4c to be on par with charges to other cellular operators," said a Telkom official.
This means subscribers will now pay the same f... Read more
After a nail biting wait for the outcome of her deliberations, minister of communications Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri said yesterday that the two applicants, both previously rejected, for the majority stake in the proposed second network operator (SNO) had jointly been granted a 26 percent equity stake in the SNO.
As was hinted in October, the two bidders, CommuniTel and Two Consortium, will integrate their companies and share a 26 percent stake in the entity... Read more
Nape Maepa, the chairman of the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Satra), defended at the weekend the decision to award two additional cellular licences as a positive and viable move to benefit poor South Africans in underpenetrated areas.
He said a feasibility study and written and oral submissions had established a strong case for the two licences to service the low mobility market.
He said Satra would set up regulatory mechani... Read more
South Africa’s cellphone giants have fired their own shots in the price war triggered by Virgin Mobile, but despite price reductions and simplified packages, the incumbents have still to go a long way to catch Virgin, which leads by far in the money-for-value stakes.
The fight for the hearts, minds and wallets of South African cellphone users centres on per-second billing and monthly contracts.
Virgin last month shook up the market by basing all it... Read more
State signals provider Sentech expects to get clarity from government next week on its proposed R1 billion wireless broadband network project.
Portfolio manager of PR and external communications, Dr Pranill Ramchander, says the company approached government a few months ago to fund the project, which will extend its MyWireless service across the country.
Sentech provides urban nodes in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Nelspruit with connectivity.
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A local company has questioned whether councillors of the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) are allowed to offer their professional services outside the scope of their duties.
Today, Tebogo Khaas, a director at Digital IQ, lodged a complaint with communications minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri regarding councillor Mamodupi Mohlala's representation of the Black IT Forum (BTIF) in two legal matters.
Khaas has also lodged a similar compla... Read more
A spokesperson for the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) has confirmed ICASA chairman Paris Mashile will take legal opinion regarding allegations that he is an incompetent slacker, who sleeps in his office during working hours.
This opinion will inform his decision on whether to take legal action against Shameen Naidoo, a former ICASA employee, whose exit report was a blistering indictment on Mashile's performance as chairman since he t... Read more
Councillors who have completed their term with the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) should not be allowed to join the ICT sector immediately, as they could provide their new employers with “insider” knowledge.
This could give private companies a competitive advantage over the regulator, says ICASA chairman Paris Mashile.
Mashile says when people in the ICT sector speak about the need for ICASA to act with independence, they tend to ... Read more
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Organised business yesterday expressed outrage at a 19,2 percent increase by Telkom, the telecommunications provider, in its local call rate.
The rates plan, filed with the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Satra), would lift basket services revenue 5,5 percent, Telkom said without giving in-depth financial details in an interim performance briefing.
Economists have projected inflation of between 8,1 to 8,9 percent. Telkom's said i... Read more