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Telecoms News

Intelsat acquires satellites as it builds 5G software-defined network

By: Schalk Burger     12th January 2022 Integrated satellite and terrestrial network operator Intelsat and satellite services multinational Thales Alenia Space have signed an agreement to build two software-defined satellites that have been designed to advance Intelsat’s global fabric of software-defined geosynchronous equatorial orbit... 

Sub-Saharan Africa lost R30bn due to govt internet shutdowns, report says

By: News24Wire      12th January 2022 Countries in Sub-Sahara Africa lost a combined R30.88-billion from their economies because of widespread internet shutdowns by regimes, as demonstrations and crackdowns on opposition and civic society ensued last year. This is contained in the Global Cost of Internet Shutdowns 2021 report,... 

MTN best South African mobile network for 2021

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th January 2022 Telecommunications group MTN has been named the best mobile network in South Africa for 2021. The latest MyBroadband Mobile Network Quality Report shows that South Africa had an average mobile download speed of 40.86 Mb/s and an average upload speed of 13.82Mb/s during 2021. 

MTN set to oppose Telkom’s planned interdict on spectrum

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th January 2022 Telecommunications giant MTN has filed papers to oppose rival Telkom’s urgent application to interdict the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) from proceeding with the spectrum Invitations To Apply (ITAs). On January 4, Telkom took to the courts to halt Icasa’s planned... 

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Icasa confirms receipt of court papers filed by Telkom

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th January 2022 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has confirmed that it has been served with an urgent application filed by Telkom in the High Court, in Pretoria. In the application, filed on January 4, Telkom seeks to interdict Icasa from auctioning the International Mobile... 

Telkom files for spectrum ITA interdict

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th January 2022 Telecommunications group Telkom has filed an application at the Gauteng High Court to have the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa’s) spectrum Invitations To Apply (ITAs) reviewed and set aside. Included in the application is an urgent interdict to prevent Icasa from... 

Blue Label maintains cautionary

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th January 2022 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms has issued a cautionary, advising shareholders to continue to exercise caution when dealing in their Blue Label shares amid a transaction that could have a material impact on its JSE share trades. This followed the August 26, 2021, announcement that Blue Label’s... 

MTN announces management changes

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2021 Telecommunications group MTN has announced a number of management changes in support of its Ambition 2025 strategy to accelerate growth, deleverage debt faster and unlock value. Godfrey Motsa will be step down as the CEO of MTN South Africa (SA) with effect from January 1 and will be succeeded by... 

Maseko to step down as Telkom CEO six months early

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th December 2021 Telecoms company Telkom says CEO Sipho Maseko will step down with effect from December 31. This is six months earlier than previously expected. 

MTN Nigeria, Mafab Communications get Nigeria's first 5G licences

By: Reuters     14th December 2021 MTN Nigeria and Mafab Communications will each pay $273.6-million for Nigeria's first fifth-generation (5G) high-speed spectrum licences that they were awarded following an auction held by country's telecoms regulator on Monday. The auction, which lasted more than five hours, followed a promise... 

Icasa issues spectrum ITA

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th December 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has issued the final Invitation To Apply (ITA) for the licensing process for the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) spectrum. Interested stakeholders are required to submit their applications by January 31, 2022, with the... 

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MTN appoints chief technology and information officer for digital, fintech

By: Donna Slater     8th December 2021 Telecoms company MTN Group has appointed Hermann Tischendorf chief technology and information officer for digital and fintech, effective December 1. MTN Group chief digital and fintech officer Serigne Dioum says the group is “delighted” to have a seasoned executive of Tischendorf’s calibre... 

MTN Group commits to Côte d’Ivoire with new head office, 5G trial

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th December 2021 Telecommunications giant MTN Group has started the construction of headquarters for its MTN Côte d’Ivoire operations. The group is also starting a local trial of fifth-generation (5G) services in Abidjan. 

Ramaphosa reappoints four members of Information Regulator for five-year term

By: Schalk Burger     3rd December 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa has reappointed advocate Pansy Tlakula as chairperson of the Information Regulator. Advocate Lebogang Stroom-Nzama and Advocate Collen Weapond have also been reappointed as full-time members of the Information Regulator. 

Broadband Infraco relaunches Basadi in Telecoms initiative

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st December 2021 Broadband Infraco (BBI), in collaboration with Sentech, has resuscitated the Basadi in Telecoms Programme to empower to women-owned businesses and help provide business opportunities. The programme was initially launched in 2015 by the late former BBI CEO Puleng Kwele. 

Unicef, Liquid partner in Giga initiative

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2021 Pan-African technology group Liquid Intelligent Technologies has partnered with the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) to support the Giga initiative’s ambitions of connecting every school to the Internet. Liquid will share anonymised data to support the work of Giga, which was founded by... 

Public interest objectives of spectrum licensing must be prioritised, webinar participants hear

By: Schalk Burger     30th November 2021 South Africa's telecommunications industry, policy makers and regulators must prioritise the various developmental objectives sought from radio frequency spectrum's use to overcome the multiyear challenges to assigning spectrum for use, mobile telecommunications company Vodacom policy and... 

Icasa awards provisional spectrum

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th November 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has awarded temporary spectrum to Rain Networks, Vodacom, Cell C, Telkom, Liquid Intelligence Technologies and MTN. Under the new information and communications technology (ICT) Covid-19 National State of Disaster Regulations, the... 

ITA, Paratus connects East Angola to rest of the world

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th November 2021 Internet Technologies Angola (ITA) has launched its first broadband Internet service in Moxico, in Angola. The new service by ITA, which is part of the Paratus Group, covers more than 1 000 km, from Lobito, in Benguela province, linking across the central plateau through the Huambo and Bié... 

WIOCC secures $80m equity capital raise

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th November 2021 A new multimillion-dollar capital raise will enable WIOCC to accelerate its growth across Africa while introducing a new investor into the company. Verdant Capital advised WIOCC on an $80-million equity capital raise, $75-million of which was invested by CAPE IV, a fund managed by African private... 

Liquid Intelligent Technologies achieves BBBEE Level 1

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th November 2021 Liquid Intelligent Technologies South Africa has achieved broad-based black economic empowerment level 1 status, a goal it had been working toward since expanding its operations in the country through the 2017 acquisition of Neotel. “This is an excellent achievement for us, which we do not take... 

South Africa still tracking well on renewed digital migration efforts 

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th November 2021 South Africa is firmly on the path to digital migration, said Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni during a monthly update on the country’s long-delayed transition from analogue broadcasting to digital terrestrial television under the broadcasting digital... 

MTN, Nedbank partner for cost-effective ATM cash-out solution

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd November 2021 Telecommunications giant MTN has partnered with banking group Nedbank to enable Mobile Money (MoMo) customers to withdraw cash at all Nedbank ATMs or any of the participating retail stores, such as Pick n Pay, Shoprite, Checkers, OK Foods and USave, across South Africa at competitive rates. The... 

Icasa temporarily halts Woan licensing process 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th November 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has temporarily suspended the licensing timetable for the release of the Wireless Open Access Network (Woan) spectrum. Reviewing the licensing timelines, issued on October 1, the authority said that the suspension is to allow the... 

MTN Group progresses exit from Yemen

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th November 2021 Telecommunications giant MTN Group has transferred, effective November 17, its majority shareholding in MTN Yemen to Emerald International Investment. Emerald is a subsidiary of Zubair Investment Center, an affiliate of Zubair Corporation, which is the minority shareholder in MTN Yemen. 

MTN South Africa wraps up tower deal with IHS Towers

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th November 2021 Telecommunications group MTN South Africa has concluded a passive tower infrastructure transaction with IHS Towers following a lengthy competitive process. The completion of the transaction is subject to certain conditions precedent, including regulatory approvals, and is expected to close in... 

Icasa publishes spectrum information memorandum

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th November 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has published an updated Information Memorandum (IM) for the licensing of the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) spectrum for a second round of public consultation. Stakeholders have until 16h00 on November 30 to make... 

Telecoms equipment supplier agrees to settlement with competition authorities

By: Simone Liedtke     16th November 2021 Telecommunications equipment and network solutions provider ZTE Corporation South Africa has agreed to pay a R5-million settlement for allegedly colluding to divide markets.   In terms of a settlement agreement concluded between ZTE Corporation and the Competition Commission, ZTE SA also agreed... 

Vodacom reports H1 decline in earnings, rise in customers 

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th November 2021 Telecommunications giant Vodacom posted a decline in profit, headline earnings per share (HEPS) and earnings per share (EPS) for the six months ended September 30, 2021, on a reported basis, while group revenue and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) increased.... 

Screengrab of Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub
Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub’s views on the company’s strong results for the half-year ended September 30, 2021.

Liquid Intelligent Technologies launches OneVoice for Cloud PBX 

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th November 2021 Pan-African technology group Liquid Intelligent Technologies has launched One Voice for Cloud PBX, a collaboration and unified communications tool that enables organisations and their employees to remain connected even when working remotely. Initially offered in six key African markets, with... 

Liquid intelligent Technologies One Voice Screengrab
Liquid Intelligent Technologies Chief Digital Officer David Behr discusses the launch of the new One Voice for Cloud PBX. Date recorded: 11.11.2021.

Icasa calls on operators to apply for provisional spectrum

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th November 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has called on infrastructure-based mobile network operators to apply for the provisional assignment of radio frequency spectrum under the new information and communications technology (ICT) Covid-19 National State of Disaster... 

Vodacom Group to acquire strategic stake in CIVH assets and create an InfraCo 

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th November 2021 Information and communications technology (ICT) group Vodacom Group plans to acquire a strategic stake in Community Investment Ventures Holdings’ (CIVH) fibre assets under a newly formed InfraCo entity. The InfraCo will hold all material assets currently owned by CIVH subsidiaries carrier-grade... 

Vodacom in R41bn deal to acquire control of Vodafone Egypt 

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th November 2021 Information and communications technology (ICT) giant Vodacom Group plans to acquire a controlling stake in Vodafone Egypt for R41-billion. The group, which announced on November 10 that it had agreed terms with Vodafone, will fund the acquisition of a 55% stake in Vodafone Egypt by issuing... 

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Telkom records increase in interim earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th November 2021 JSE-listed Telkom has posted a growth in earnings for the six months ended September 30, 2021, with group profitability continuing to grow ahead of revenue, underpinned by sustainable cost management. The group reported earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of... 

Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko

IFC partners with Liquid Intelligent Technologies to boost Africa’s digital infrastructure

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th November 2021 World Bank Group member IFC has entered into a partnership with independent fibre and digital services provider Liquid Intelligent Technologies to increase digital connectivity and inclusion in Africa and to support the region’s growing digital ecosystem. The partnership aims to expand data... 

South African Investment Conference moved to March  

By: Schalk Burger     8th November 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his weekly letter, said the fourth South African Investment Conference, which would have been held this month has been moved to March next year owing to several events, including the local government elections, the Conference of the Parties (COP26) climate conference... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Telkom, MTN enter roaming deal

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th November 2021 Information and communication technology group Telkom has entered into a roaming agreement with MTN, effective November 1. The latest agreement with MTN, for the provision of second-generation (2G), third-generation (3G) and fourth-generation (4G) services, bolsters network capacity for Telkom... 

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