SA mobile networks are being targeted by vandals

Mobile operators Vodacom and MTN have warned that South Africans may suffer network problems as a result of vandalism on cellphone towers. Thieves have targeted cellphone base stations to steal expensive batteries and diesel fuel used to power the mobile network infrastructure – especially during rolling blackouts. Eskom announced an[…]

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Government to help ensure reduction of data prices: Patel

Trade and Industry Minister, Ebrahim Patel says government is prepared to do what is necessary to help ensure the reduction of data prices in the country. On Monday, the Competition Commission released its data services market inquiry findings – including that data prices in South Africa are excessive and anti-poor. The Commission[…]

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Preparation for Tweede Nuwe Street parade in full swing

As the countdown to the festive season begins, organisers of the Cape Town Street Parade have announced additional partners and a host of new and exciting developments at a launch event held at the Castle on Friday. The Cape Town Street Parade and choral competitions will be presented under the[…]

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Vodacom, MTN and Rain are preparing for e-SIM cards in SA

South Africa’s two largest cellular network providers Vodacom and MTN, and newcomer Rain, plan to accommodate eSIM-cards by 2020. An eSIM-card is built into a smartphone and needs to be activated by a mobile network to be operational. Like a traditional SIM-card, it allows users access to mobile networks to[…]

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S&P downgrades MTN credit rating to junk

S&P Global has lowered MTN Group’s [JSE:MTN] credit rating amid Nigeria’s recent downgrade, sparking more challenges for the mobile network in the West African country. Last month, S&P lowered its long-term ratings on Nigeria to ‘B’ from ‘B+’ amid weak growth dynamics in that country. S&P, though, said that the outlook[…]

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MTN Pays $250 mil in Boko Haram Sim Cards Row

African mobile giant MTN has paid the Nigerian government $250 million in a bid to settle a dispute over unregistered SIM cards. Authorities feared the sim cards were being used by members of Boko Haram. The Nigerian government slapped a record 1.04 trillion naira ($5.2 billion) fine on South Africa-based[…]

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