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#DataMustFall: Costs to be probed after public outcry

Mon 10 Jul, 2017

Data cost in SA is among the highest in the world and therefore the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is holding an inquiry as to why this is so. The inquiry comes after a public outcry over excessive costs of mobile data, including the Twitter campaign, #DataMustFall. Siya Qoza, spokesperson for Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Service Siyabonga Cwele, said the minister asked the Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim... Read more


SA users spurning cheaper data deals

Wed 19 Jul, 2017

Despite offering data plans that, on face value, are significantly cheaper than its rivals, consumers are not flocking to Telkom’s network, according to new report by Research ICT Africa. The price of 1GB of data in South Africa from the “dominant” operators has remained consistent at between R149 and R160 for the past two years. Despite offering 1GB for R99, Telkom appears unable to exert pricing pressure on the other operators, the researchers said... Read more


Openserve again slashes wholesale broadband prices

Wed 19 Jul, 2017

Telkom’s Openserve has announced sweeping price cuts to its wholesale broadband IP Connect pricing and to its fibre access portfolio as competition in South Africa’s fixed broadband market intensifies. The price cuts come on top of price reductions that Openserve, Telkom’s wholesale services arm, announced in May and which took effect in June. “When pricing is adjusted down next month, the organisation’s wholesale clients, which purchase IP Conne... Read more


Openserve cuts wholesale ADSL and fibre-to-the-home prices

Thu 18 May, 2017

Openserve has announced price reductions for its IP Connect (IPC) product, which is used by Internet service providers for ADSL, VDSL, and fibre-to-the-home products. Depending on the IPC capacity purchased, ISPs can now benefit from price reductions of up to 32%, effective from 1 June 2017.... Read more


Telkom increases line rental prices

Tue 28 Mar, 2017

Telkom will increase it analogue line rental price from R189 to R199, including VAT, from 1 April 2017. The new monthly tariffs for Telkom line rentals are as follows: Residential service – R199.00 Social Pensioners – R99.50 Customers 70 and over – R139.30 ... Read more


5G to feature 20Gbps download speed, 1ms latency

Sat 25 Feb, 2017

Finally, the specifications of the much awaited generation mobile networks (5G technology) for IMT-2020 were revealed in a draft report by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). However, the final specification set will be decided by November 2017. ITU is the UN agency, which coordinates telecommunication operations and services throughout the world.... Read more


Nigerian Telcos, Others Test Gigabit Class LTE

Mon 12 Dec, 2016

Peak data speeds over 900Mbps were recorded using Ericsson Radio Access Network equipment and a Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE modem mobile test device.Gigabit Class LTE means up to one billion bits of information delivered to a mobile device in a mere second. In technical terms, that’s LTE Category 16.... Read more


Vandalism of Telcos Equipment Causing Poor Quality Service

Sat 03 Dec, 2016

Nigeria is currently witnessing a fresh wave of poor service delivery from telecommunications service providers due to unending vandalism and theft of equipment as well as vital installations, this is according to Punch report.... Read more


Nokia upgrades Spark’s fibre network to 200Gbps per wavelength

Fri 09 Dec, 2016

Nokia says it has supplied Spark with the first dense wavelength division multiplexing optical communications technology capable or carrying 200Gbps on a single optical wavelength, twice the current maximum presently supported on Spark’s network. It says the higher carrying capacity offered by the technology will enable Spark to meet rising customer bandwidth demand on existing network without huge investment in the network.... Read more


Fibre upgrade cost traps Britain in cyber slow lane

Mon 05 Dec, 2016

Britons desperate for faster broadband are unlikely to get it from a plan to separate the country's biggest network from BT unless the industry tackles how to pay up to 25 billion pounds ($76 billion) to upgrade to fibre-optic cables.... Read more


Telkom holds church to ransom

Sun 04 Dec, 2016

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa’s Tshitandani congregation in Louis Trichardt accuses Telkom of holding the church ransom. This follows Telkom’s delay in removing a telephone pole that is stopping the further construction of the church building at this stage. According to the church members, they had requested Telkom to remove the pole and cables to allow them to resume with the building project. ... Read more



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