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Telecoms News

Many hydrogen opportunities in S Africa

By: Sabrina Jardim     15th April 2022 The export of green hydrogen is an opportunity South Africa should capitalise on, as are a number of other hydrogen opportunities that are available, says hydrogen-focused company Hydrogen Energy Applications (HYENA) CEO Niels Luchters. “Hydrogen and fuel cells provide a reliable energy source,... 

MTN’s Supersonic launches 5G rollout

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th April 2022 Telecommunications group MTN’s Supersonic has launched a fifth-generation (5G) offering and expanded its broadband Internet service, Home FLTE. This builds on the launch of the Airfibre solution at the beginning of 2021 and makes further strides in helping connect the unconnected at affordable... 

EOH ‘back in the black’, able to allocate capital for future growth

By: Schalk Burger     13th April 2022 Information and communications technology (ICT) services company EOH improved its gross profit margin to 29.9%; its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) margin to 9.7%; and its operating profit margin to 4.8% for the six months ended January 31. The company... 

MTN injects R749m for Western Cape network modernisation drive

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th April 2022 Telecommunications group MTN is investing R749-million into its Western Cape operations to boost its expansion drive into rural and periurban areas and continue its major fifth-generation (5G) rollout. The top three targets for the province in 2022 are improving availability of the network,... 

Alex SME and youth digital business hub gets a boost from Datacentrix

By: Schalk Burger     12th April 2022 Information technology (IT) systems integrator and service provider Datacentrix has, as part of ongoing efforts to enable economic development, joined its long-term business partner IT devices and services company Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) in supporting the new Greater Alexandra Chamber of... 

Alexandra suburb
Alexandra suburb

Floods impact MTN communications in KwaZulu-Natal

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th April 2022 Telecommunications group MTN is working to restore telecommunications services after the heavy rains in KwaZulu-Natal caused widespread infrastructure damage and power outages resulting in over 500 MTN sites down in the region. MTN said in an update on Tuesday that it has activated contingency... 

Icasa, Telkom reach an agreement over spectrum 

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th April 2022 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) and Telkom have reached an agreement to end the litigation over the high demand radio frequency spectrum licensing process. Under the agreement, Telkom agreed to withdraw the legal application, while Icasa agreed to issue an... 

EOH announces deal with Seacom

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th April 2022 Pan-African telecommunications service provider Seacom is set to acquire technology services company EOH’s Network Solutions (EOH-NS) and Hymax businesses for R144.9-million. The agreement comes as EOH progresses its targeted disposals strategy, which includes assets that are capital intensive,... 

Moody’s upgrade benefits MTN

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th April 2022 Telecommunications group MTN Group has welcomed Moody’s Investor Services upgrade of its credit rating outlook to ‘stable’ from ‘negative’, in line with its rerating of the South African sovereign, and reflecting the company’s strong financial performance and reduced leverage. “As a company... 

MTN Nigeria implements NCC’s outgoing call restrictions

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2022 Telecommunications multinational MTN Nigeria has assured shareholders that it has complied with the Nigerian Communications Commission’s (NCC’s) directive and implemented the restrictions on outgoing voice calls of certain subscribers, the group said in a statement. All other services remain... 

MTN injects R820m in networks in Limpopo, Mpumalanga

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th April 2022 Telecommunications giant MTN South Africa is investing R820-million to modernise its network and deploy new infrastructure across Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The investment is directed to MTN’s Modernisation of Network South Africa project (Monza), as well as rural reach and fifth-generation (5G)... 

Sharma to step down as Vodacom South Africa MD

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st March 2022 Vodacom South Africa MD Balesh Sharma is stepping down from his role, effective June 30, to pursue an external opportunity in Europe. Sharma was appointed as MD in September 2020 to establish a new standalone Vodacom South Africa entity. 

Icasa publishes findings on call termination review

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th March 2022 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has published the findings of its review of the Call Termination Regulations of 2014 and the pro-competitive conditions or measures imposed on relevant licensees. In a statement, published on Wednesday, Icasa said that local... 

Icasa welcomes court judgement, order on the digital migration case

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th March 2022 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has welcomed the judgment and order issued by the full bench of the Pretoria High Court in respect of the digital migration case between e.tv and Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni. The High Court... 

Liquid secures capacity on Equiano cable

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th March 2022 Pan-African technology group Liquid Intelligent Technologies has acquired a fibre pair on the Equiano subsea cable that will enable it to transport traffic up to 12 Tb/s. Liquid, which aims to address the growing need for Internet capacity supporting cloud services in both coastal and landlocked... 

High Court delays analogue switch off

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th March 2022 South Africa’s full migration from analogue broadcasting services to digital has been delayed by three months. The Johannesburg High Court, dismissing the applications of eTV and other intervening parties with costs, deferred the analogue switch-off from the March 31 deadline to June 30. 

Telkom to move ahead with spectrum court action

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th March 2022 JSE-listed Telkom plans to move forward with its court application to have the spectrum auction reviewed and set aside. The telecommunications group participated in the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa’s) long-awaited spectrum auction, spending over R2-billion to... 

A Telkom store
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Customers in one of Telkom's stores

MTN announces new MTN Nigeria COO, further leadership changes in operating companies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd March 2022 Telecommunications firm MTN Group has announced senior leadership appointments to operating companies in Nigeria, Iran and Sudan, effective April 1. The move is in line with MTN’s strategy to drive growth, de-leverage faster and reveal value in its fintech and fibre businesses. 

Icasa nets R14.4bn as it concludes spectrum auction

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th March 2022 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has concluded the high demand spectrum auction, securing proceeds for the national fiscus exceeding R14.4-billion. Cell C, Liquid Intelligent Technologies, MTN, Rain, Telkom and Vodacom all participated in the main auction process,... 

ARC's intrinsic value increases to R14bn

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2022 Investment holding company African Rainbow Capital (ARC) Investments increased its intrinsic portfolio value by 14.1% to R14-billion during the six-month period to December 31, 2021, up from R12.27-billion as at June 30, 2021, mainly as a result of a net increase of R2-billion in asset values.... 

MTN SA invests R700m to modernise KwaZulu-Natal’s network

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th March 2022 Telecommunications giant MTN South Africa is injecting R700-million to modernise existing, and deploy new, network infrastructure across KwaZulu-Natal. The investment, which is an addition to the R500-million invested in 2021, will go toward expanding rural reach and fifth-generation (5G)... 

Blue Label concludes non-binding term sheet as part of Cell C’s recapitalisation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th March 2022 Blue Label Telecoms has concluded a non-binding term sheet with Cell C and various Cell C financial stakeholders, including certain shareholders and creditors, as part of the long-awaited recapitalisation. The Umbrella Restructure Term Sheet will result in the restructure and refinance of Cell C... 

Mozambique joins AfDB ICT data collection initiative

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2022 Mozambique has been added as a member of the digital data supervision system known as the Remote Appraisal Supervision, Monitoring and Evaluation (Rasme) project, making it the sixth African country to benefit from the tool that enhances project-related data collection in remote areas. The... 

Telkom Financial Services launches mobile point of sale tool for SMMEs

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th March 2022 Telkom Financial Services has launched a new fintech tool for small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) that enables them to make and receive payments through their mobile phones. The Telkom Pay Mobile Point-of-Sale (mPOS) application serves as a mobile speed point machine that can be used... 

Operators table more than R8bn so far for high-demand spectrum

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th March 2022 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has raised more than R8-billion so far from the first week of the International Mobile Telecommunications radio frequency spectrum auction. The authority kicked off the long-awaited spectrum auction with the opt-in phase on March 8,... 

Cabinet approves spectrum policy change

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th March 2022 Cabinet has approved the changes to the spectrum policy that removes the requirements to licence the wireless open-access network (Woan). In November, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) temporarily suspended the licensing timetable for the release of the Woan spectrum. 

Competition Commission approves IHS Towers' acquisition of MTN towers

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th March 2022 The Competition Commission has approved, with conditions, IHS Holdings’ acquisition of 5 713 passive tower infrastructure sites and the associated business operations owned by telecommunications group MTN South Africa (MTN SA). The merger will result in the relevant towers becoming wholly owned... 

Eskom, Hawks swoop on cable theft syndicate in Mpumalanga 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th March 2022 Power utility Eskom reports that its investigators, along with members of the Vosman South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Hawks' Serious Organised Crime Unit on March 8 arrested at least 14 suspects involved in alleged cable theft. The suspects were arrested during the raid of premises in... 

Vandalised infrastructure on the 400 kV Vulcan transmission line
Vandalised infrastructure on the 400 kV Vulcan transmission line

MTN Group reports strong 2021 results

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th March 2022 Telecommunications firm MTN Group reported strong financial results for the year ended December 31, 2021, as it executes its revamped Ambition 2025 strategy. The group’s service revenue grew by 1%, or 18.3% in constant currency, to R171.8-billion; earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and... 

Telkom, rain win opt-in phase of spectrum auction 

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th March 2022 Telecommunications groups Telkom and rain have become the first winners among operators bidding to secure high demand spectrum as the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) starts its spectrum auction. Icasa, on March 8, started the opt-in phase of the auction process with... 

5G a potential catalyst for IoT if uptake hurdles can be overcome – IOTIC

By: Schalk Burger     8th March 2022 Fifth-generation (5G) telecommunications has the potential to be a significant catalyst for the Internet of Things (IoT), as long as the hurdles limiting its uptake and its perceptions are overcome, says IoT Industry Council of South Africa (IOTIC) executive member Roger Hislop. One of the key... 

Icasa confirms high-demand spectrum auction will start on March 8

By: Schalk Burger     7th March 2022 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has reiterated plans to start the long-awaited auction of the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) spectrum, or high-demand spectrum, on March 8. Radio frequency spectrum in the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 2.6 GHz and 3.5 GHz bands... 

MTN Uganda Full-year income cut by license, supplier payments

By: Bloomberg     7th March 2022 MTN Uganda, the East African nation’s biggest wireless carrier, said full-year profit was lowered by 62.3-billion shillings ($17.3-million) in one-off payments for a short-term license and costs for terminating the services of a supplier. The unit of MTN Group posted net income of 340.4-billion... 

World Mobile bets on Africa, where Alphabet’s Loon balloons failed

By: Bloomberg     4th March 2022 World Mobile Group plans to start commercial operations of connecting rural communities in Africa using balloons from June, as it seeks to succeed where Alphabet’s Loon project failed. The London-based operator seeks to use a lower-cost model and sees its first project of $250-million in Tanzania... 

5G connections to surpass 1bn in 2022, says GSMA

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd March 2022 Fifth-generation (5G) technology has become the fastest generational roll-out in mobile history, with innovative new use cases accelerating adoption, the GSMA says. By 2022, 5G connections will surpass one-billion and, by 2025, this will reach two-billion. 

New whitepaper aims to accelerate discussions around Africa’s digital trade

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd March 2022 A new whitepaper has been published to start discussions about the opportunities and challenges around digital trade in Africa and examine how the mobile industry and its partners are working to open up a $180-billion market opportunity by 2025. The report, “Towards A Flourishing Digital Economy... 

Vodacom launches new Green ECD centre in Gauteng

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th February 2022 Telecommunication group Vodacom has launched a new Green Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre at the Grasar Day Care Centre, in Gauteng. The project forms part of Vodacom’s Green ECD Programme, which facilitates the planting of vegetables at various ECD centres across the country and aims to... 

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