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Telecoms News

Telkom shareholders green light masts, towers deal

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th May 2024 JSE-listed Telkom’s shareholders have approved the proposed R6.75-billion sale of its masts and towers infrastructure subsidiary Swiftnet to a consortium. The consortium comprises infrastructure fund Actis Ohio Fund managed by Actis and an infrastructure vehicle 100% owned by Royal Bafokeng... 

Technology increasingly being used to improve control, accuracy in logistics value chains

By: Schalk Burger     23rd May 2024 The freight and transport logistics sectors are seeing ever greater use of technologies in warehouses, as well for stock-picking, consignment loading and delivery checks, among other applications, as the sectors work to automate a range of processes and improve the accuracy of those processes.... 

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Orange, Vodacom said in talks on African infrastructure deals

By: Bloomberg     21st May 2024 Vodacom Group is in discussions with France’s Orange about a strategic partnership in Africa to explore infrastructure deals to help keep down costs on the continent, people familiar with the matter said. The telecommunications companies are looking at agreements in overlapping markets including... 

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Opinion: World Telecoms Day – MTN celebrates 30 years and looks towards 2054

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th May 2024 In this article, MTN South Africa CEO Charles Molapisi writes about the telecommunication group's impact over the past 30 years, as well as its future plans. 

MTN South Africa CEO Charles Molapisi
MTN South Africa CEO Charles Molapisi

MTN Q1 performance muted on ongoing macroenvironment challenges

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th May 2024 JSE-listed MTN on Tuesday posted a dip in service revenue and earnings during the first quarter of the year, amid ongoing high inflation and local currency devaluations in some of its key markets. The group reported a 28.7% contraction in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and... 

Vodacom FY earnings dip on challenges, revenue up

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th May 2024 JSE-listed Vodacom Group on Monday posted double-digit increases in revenue, however, its earnings a share for the year ended March 31, 2024, declined. The group reported a 11.2% decrease in earnings a share to 842c, along with a 10.8% decline in headline earnings a share to 846c during the year... 

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Telecommunications to play a critical role in upcoming elections

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th May 2024 As South Africa approaches its 2024 national elections, scheduled for May 29, telecommunications infrastructure will play a key role in ensuring seamless communication among voters, electoral bodies and all stakeholders involved in the electoral process, the Communication Risk Information Centre... 

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MTN achieves record 98% network availability in Limpopo

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th May 2024 As telecommunications giant MTN South Africa accelerates its nationwide modernisation programme, the company has achieved a record 98.33% network availability daily in Limpopo. The 2024 resilience plan, which was completed in the first quarter of 2024, aims to ensure that all sites have power... 

Telkom set to support 2024 elections

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th May 2024 Telecommunications group Telkom is preparing to support South Africa’s upcoming national elections as the information and communications technology partner to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). South Africa’s 2024 elections are set to be held on May 29. 

Mauritius Telecom in talks for subsea cable to link Africa, Asia

By: Bloomberg     30th April 2024 Mauritius’ top telecommunications company is in talks with operators including Reliance Jio Infocomm and Orange for a new undersea cable linking Africa, Indian Ocean islands and Asia, improving redundancy in region hit by breakdowns. The new line named T4 will replace the South Africa Far East... 

MTN SA launches Made4U career portal Skillsbox to empower job seekers

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th April 2024 Telecommunications giant MTN South Africa has launched a new portal to assist unemployed South Africans on their job seeking journeys. The new Made4U career portal Skillsbox offers a comprehensive suite of resources on a user-friendly website and mobile platform designed to empower job seekers. 

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TEBOGO MAENETJA

Paratus Botswana completes Botswana Kalahari fibre route

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th April 2024 Telecommunications and network services provider Paratus Botswana has completed the last leg of the new 840 km Botswana Kalahari Fibre (BKF) route between the Namibian border and Lobatse. The new BWP70-million route, which was activated at the end of March, is the largest significant investment... 

MTN South Africa, Investec, Electrum collaborate to introduce PayShap on MoMo

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th April 2024 Information and communications technology group MTN South Africa has partnered with Investec and Electrum to introduce the PayShap solution on its Mobile Money (MoMo) platform. The collaboration aims to provide users with an instant, cost-effective mobile payment system, with MoMo becoming the... 

Cell C appoints chief data and analytics officer

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd April 2024 Communications group Cell C has appointed Bryan O'Donovan as chief data and analytics officer, effective May 2024. He will be responsible for spearheading the management of the organisation's data and analytics assets, championing data-driven decision-making processes and leveraging data assets... 

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Icasa officially appoints new chairperson

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd April 2024 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has appointed Councillor Mothibi Ramusi as chairperson, effective May 2, for a five-year term. The official appointment of Ramusi followed Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Mondli Gungubele’s announcement in the... 

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MTN, Huawei launch joint technology innovation lab

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th April 2024 Telecommunications giant MTN Group and information and communication technology group Huawei have jointly launched Technology Innovation Lab to accelerate digital transformation and sustainable development across Africa. The establishment of the lab at MTN’s headquarters in Roodepoort, marking a... 

Seacom launches LEO satellite service for enterprise clients

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2024 Telecommunications and managed services provider Seacom has launched its low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite service for its enterprise clients after a two-year process of consultation with industry partners. LEO satellites orbit the Earth at an altitude of up to 2 000 km – the same altitude at which... 

Paratus express route from Johannesburg to Europe goes live

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th April 2024 Pan-African telecommunications group Paratus Group has launched the fastest fibre express route from Johannesburg to Europe. Using Infinera FlexILS and GX Series DWDM equipment, latency on the new route is 123 milliseconds and the Infinera equipment can support wavelengths of up to 800 Gb. 

Reunert to merge IQbusiness, +OneX subsidiaries

By: Schalk Burger     10th April 2024 JSE-listed electrical and electronic engineering group Reunert Group plans to merge its technology management and consulting firm IQbusiness and digital services firm +OneX subsidiaries into a single client-focused business that brings together their almost 1 500 team members. The intention is to... 

MTN, Vodacom ranks top in valuable brands survey

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th April 2024 Telecommunications groups MTN Group and Vodacom Group have secured the top two spots in the latest Brand Finance survey. Despite an 8% decrease in brand value to R68.2-billion, MTN Group maintained its position as South Africa’s most valuable brand, while Vodacom, increasing its brand by 10% to... 

MTN named South Africa’s best mobile network 

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th April 2024 Telecommunications giant MTN Group has maintained the title of South Africa’s best mobile network in the latest MyBroadband Insights report. The first quarter 2024 Mobile Network Quality Report shows that MTN achieved a network quality score of 9.66. 

Icasa publishes draft plans for radio frequency spectrum

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th April 2024 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Monday published the Draft Radio Frequency Migration Plan (RFMP) and the Draft International Mobile Telecommunication Roadmap (IMTR) for public consultation. The draft documents aim to ensure proper alignment and coordination of... 

Mike Silber to join MTN

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th March 2024 Telecommunications giant MTN Group has appointed Mike Silber as group executive regulatory, effective April 1. Over the past five years, Silber held the role of Liquid Telecom group chief regulatory officer, where he was instrumental in the creation and expansion of the most extensive... 

RMB advises Royal Bafokeng on the proposed acquisition of Swiftnet

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th March 2024 Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH) has entered into a transaction agreement alongside Actis to jointly acquire 100% of independent owners, operators and developers of mast and tower infrastructure Swiftnet from Telkom South Africa, with RMB acting as financial adviser to RBH on the transaction. With... 

Telkom forms new technology committee

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th March 2024 JSE-listed telecommunications group Telkom has established a technology committee to boost technology strategies. According to an update to shareholders on Sens on Wednesday, the new Technology Committee governance structure was constituted to assist the board with oversight of technology and... 

EOH posts loss a share, as Operational Technologies division offsets Digital Enablement growth

By: Schalk Burger     26th March 2024 JSE-listed information and communications technology services firm EOH reported a 2% year-on-year decrease in revenue to R3.1-billion for the six months ended January 31. Group operating profit also decreased, to R9-million, from R142-million in the six months ended January 31, 2023. 

Outgoing EOH CEO Stephen van Coller
Outgoing EOH CEO Stephen van Coller

AIIM consortium acquires Octotel, minority stake in RSAWEB

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th March 2024 A consortium, led by infrastructure-focused private equity fund manager African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), has signed an agreement to acquire fibre network operator Octotel. The consortium, which includes infrastructure and energy impact fund STOA and Thebe Investment Corporation,... 

MTN rides out difficult operating environments

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th March 2024 Telecommunications giant MTN Group unpacked a resilient set of 2023 financial results, despite elevated inflation in several key markets averaging a blended 16.7%, forex volatility and ongoing political tensions in some markets, and a sharp devaluation of the naira in Nigeria. During the year... 

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Icasa publishes draft call termination amendments for public comment

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd March 2024 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Friday published the draft amendments to the Call Termination Regulations of 2014 and 2018. Following a review in 2021, and the publication of the findings document in 2022, the amended regulations stipulate a further downward... 

Telkom sheds Swiftnet in R6.75bn deal

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd March 2024 Information and communication technology group Telkom has sold its masts and towers infrastructure subsidiary Swiftnet for R6.75-billion to consortium Towerco Bidco. The newly incorporated entity Towerco Bidco comprises of equity investors led and managed by Actis, which holds 70% of the... 

Telkom to support SMMEs at GEC+Africa congress

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th March 2024 South Africa’s start-up ecosystem is a thriving hub of innovative and talented entrepreneurs with a desire to scale, and in support of this, telecommunications group Telkom is providing five small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMME’s) the opportunity to attend the Global Entrepreneurship... 

DFA eyes further infrastructure, network upgrades

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th March 2024 DFA and its parent company Maziv are embarking on further expansion projects following its August announcement of a R400-million fibre network expansion project to deploy 800 Dry Underground Distribution Cabinets (DUDC) across areas with high network density in South Africa. The two additional... 

MTN inks more deals to drive fintech, digital transformation

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th March 2024 South African telecommunications giant MTN Group has continued partnering with various global companies it drives its financial technology (fintech) and digital transformation ambitions and modernises its core network. MTN signed a multi-market agreement with global technology company Mastercard... 

Image of MTN Fintech Group CEO Serigne Dioum and Mastercard Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa market development executive VP Amnah Ajma

Teraco moves to grow and green SA data-centre footprint

By: Schalk Burger     8th March 2024 Digital transformation is happening in every industry and digitalisation of the economy is intensifying the need for highly available, and sustainable, information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure. Against this background, data centre infrastructure and services company Teraco is... 

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Gen AI, sustainability, monetisation key themes of 2024 TMT predictions

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th March 2024 Generative artificial intelligence (AI), sustainability and monetisation have emerged as three key themes in the 2024 edition of advisory firm Deloitte’s 'Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions' report. The TMT report outlines 19 global trends for 2024, grouped into four... 

MTN, community police forums advance theft and vandalism mitigation proof of concept project

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th March 2024 Telecommunications giant MTN South Africa is advancing its partnership with the Gauteng Provincial Community Police Board to tackle vandalism and theft at its towers in a proof-of-concept project in Soweto. This followed the February announcement of the innovative collaboration aimed at... 

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Icasa publishes draft amendments to the 2016 End-user and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th March 2024 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has published further draft amendments to its 2016 End-user and Subscriber Service Charter (EUSSC) Regulations for comment. Stakeholders have until April 15 to provide input into the proposed amendments, which aim to improve and... 

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