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Cell C in deep financial trouble – Drastic measures considered

Mon 25 Mar, 2019

Cell C is in deep financial trouble and the company and its shareholders are now considering drastic measures to save the mobile operator. This is according to well-placed industry sources who told MyBroadband that Cell C continues to suffer because of its high debt burden. Cell C told MyBroadband that it is currently in R8.9-billion debt, as per its latest financial results.... Read more


Load shedding will hit data prices, cellphone companies warn

Wed 20 Mar, 2019

South African cellular providers warn that continued load shedding will limit their ability to cut data prices. This as operators spend millions on emergency power supplies and security for cellular towers across the country. Rain South Africa, the country’s newest cellular provider, said they have already installed backup power supplies at all towers, and generators at key sites.... Read more


Telkom accused of deliberately stalling number porting

Mon 18 Mar, 2019

South Africa launched number portability in 2006 with the ability of mobile users to port their telephone numbers between cellular networks. This facility aimed at boosting competition within the country’s historically-uncompetitive telecoms sector has been wildly-successful with more than eight million people choosing to change their mobile network operator without losing their mobile number. In addition, over one million geographic numbers have been po... Read more


'My Telkom fraud nightmare' - clients desperate to cancel are easy victims

Fri 01 Mar, 2019

Desperation makes you vulnerable to being scammed - and that is what's been happening to some Telkom customers who have spent months trying to cancel their contracts. Opportunistic fraudsters have been preying on those who have gone on to Telkom's Facebook page to find out why their cancellation requests have not been actioned.... Read more


Vodacom blames expensive data on government

Mon 07 Jan, 2019

South African data prices could be much cheaper if network providers weren’t hampered by the state’s delay in allocating 4G radio spectrum, South Africa’s largest cellular network provider Vodacom said on Thursday.... Read more



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Telkom client billed for 2 years after cancelling account - Mon 07 Jan, 2019

Customers who have received service cancellation confirmations from Telkom continue to receive invoices, according to numerous reports we have received – and their bank accounts continue to be debited on a monthly basis.... Read more


Vodacom faces shutdown threat over ‘Please Call Me’ settlement - Sat 26 Jan, 2019

In five days time Vodacom will have to agree to pay the inventor of the Please Call Me service a settlement or possibly suffer a global backlash. Protesters plan to march on Vodacom offices on January 31, demanding that Nkosana Ma... Read more


City of CT 'not allowed to say no' to fibre companies going on digging sprees - Thu 29 Nov, 2018

The City of Cape Town says it's compelled by law to allow fibre infrastructure providers to lay their networks across neighbourhoods in the city. This comes after some complaints from residents about the disruptions caused every t... Read more


WATCH: Vodacom store in Polokwane mall trashed - Sun 02 Dec, 2018

The Vodacom store at Mall of the North was vandalised during a protest led by a group claiming to be Economic Freedom Fighters (Eff) members earlier this afternoon. Patrons at the mall caught some of the chaos on videos and photos... Read more


CellC users get 1GB after load shedding interrupts service - Sat 01 Dec, 2018

South Africa's third largest network, Cell C, has apologised to its users who were on Saturday left without network for approximately 2 hours. The network provider said in a tweet that the network outage was due to a data centre t... Read more


Download speeds on cellphones are now much faster than wifi in South Africa - Tue 27 Nov, 2018

South Africa is in a growing minority of countries where mobile data connections are on average faster than wifi hotspot connections, according to OpenSignal's newly released report that compared those connections in 80 countries.... Read more


MTN vs Vodacom disappearing airtime tests - Tue 27 Nov, 2018

The phenomenon of “disappearing airtime” reared its ugly head again recently, with many customers reporting that their airtime was vanishing despite their devices not being used. After an investigation into a large number of c... Read more


SA exceeds 1.2m Internet domain name registrations - Tue 20 Nov, 2018

outh Africa has the leading domain name market in Africa, surpassing 1.2 million registrations of names ending in .za, across all the second level domains (SLDs). This is according to ZA Central Registry (ZACR), the register and a... Read more


Google’s high-flying balloons to provide Internet in Africa - Fri 16 Nov, 2018

Internet to rural Africa has proven vexing for companies that have tried — and largely failed — with strategies ranging from drones to satellites. Now, a sister company of Google says it has the answer: balloons.... Read more


Russia stifled mobile network during protests: document - Fri 16 Nov, 2018

Russian authorities ordered two mobile operators to cut most access to mobile data services in the region of Ingushetia as protesters were massing outside government offices there, according to a document from the state telecoms r... Read more


EE and Virgin Media fined £13.3m for overcharging customers - Thu 08 Nov, 2018

Virgin Media immediately said it would appeal against the telecoms regulator’s “unreasonable, unjustified and disproportionate” £7m fine. EE, which was responsible for overcharging nearly 80% of the almost 500,000 customers... Read more


New Zealand rejects mobile carrier's plan to use Huawei 5G equipment - Wed 28 Nov, 2018

New Zealand blocked its top telecom firm from using Huawei equipment for its 5G mobile network, dealing another blow to the Chinese tech company's ambitions to become a leader in the next generation wireless technology.... Read more


MTN pillories ‘draconian and irrational’ telecoms bill - Wed 28 Nov, 2018

Government’s telecommunications bill, if enacted without radical changes, will have a “devastating” effect on the ICT sector, destroying the incentives that have led to almost universal mobile coverage in South Africa. That... Read more


Fibre and Netflix packages you can get for the price of DStv Premium - Thu 08 Nov, 2018

A recent MyBroadband survey has shown that the majority of current DStv subscribers plan to cancel their accounts if there is a price hike to their package in 2019. MultiChoice has increased its DStv Premium prices in South Africa... Read more


Frogfoot targets bigger fibre push in Cape Town - Wed 28 Nov, 2018

Frogfoot Networks, an open access fibre network provider and subsidiary of Vox, says it is on track to bring fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) to an additional 14,000 homes in the Southern Peninsula, Western Cape by April 2019.... Read more


Race under way to back UK fibre broadband ventures - Wed 28 Nov, 2018

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How 100Mbps uncapped fibre prices have fallen since 2014 - Wed 28 Nov, 2018

It was just over four years ago when Vumatel started digging up ground in Parkhurst and working on its core network. One of the first ISPs to start offering services on Vumatel’s network was Cool Ideas, regarded as the best fibr... Read more


Mobile subscribers in South Africa – Vodacom vs MTN vs Cell C vs Telkom - Wed 25 Jul, 2018

Vodacom has released a trading update for the quarter ended 30 June 2018, detailing its subscriber growth in South Africa. The mobile operator added just under 1.5 million customers in the past quarter, comprising 1.4 million prep... Read more


Openreach to cut price of fast broadband - Tue 24 Jul, 2018

Openreach, the firm that runs much of the UK's telecoms infrastructure, has reduced the wholesale price of broadband in an attempt to boost the number of homes and businesses using fast services.... Read more


Vodacom increases revenue on strong customer growth, cheap data deals - Tue 24 Jul, 2018

Mobile services operator Vodacom on Tuesday said it increased group data revenue by 9.6% in the quarter to end-June 2018 on the back of increased customer numbers.... Read more


How 5G makes use of millimeter waves - Wed 25 Jul, 2018

It took a while, but the first ever 5G spec was finally approved late last year. 5G NR, as it's called, will bring about super fast mobile internet by tapping into new spectrum.... Read more


 

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