Telecoms news from South Africa
South Africa's Vodacom is denying that it owes R77.8 million (US$8.3 million) for overdue licensing fees to the telecoms regulator, and is willing to go to court if necessary. ...more.
South African mobile network operator, Cell C has denied claims that it owes money to the telecoms regulator for unpaid radio spectrum fees. ...more.
South African police have arrested a man who is said to be one of the country's leading criminals in so-called SIM Swap identity fraud. ...more.
South Africa's telecoms regulator, ICASA has released a report into the mobile networks quality of service and found that while Cell C had the best rate at setting up a call, MTN was the best at letting customers complete a call once it started. ...more.
Turkey based Turkcell has dropped a lawsuit it was filing in the USA claiming that South Africa's MTN used bribery to deprive it of its Iranian mobile network license. ...more.
South Africa's Vodacom has launched the country's largest rainwater harvesting project at its head office in Midrand. The rainwater harvest project is expected to harvest about 12 million litres per annum. ...more.
MoneyGram and South Africa's First National Bank (FNB) have launched their first mobile money transfer service in Africa, ...more.
South Africa Vodacom has expanded the availability of its LTE services to all its customers -- both prepay and contract. ...more.
South Africa's Vodacom Business division has announced the launch of a number of mHealth initiatives together with its partner Mezzanineware. ...more.
South Africa's main landline network Telkom has relaunched its mobile network as Telkom Mobile. ...more.
South Africa based MTN Group has reported that its full year revenues rose by 10.9% to reach R135 billion, driven by rising mobile data revenues which were up by nearly 60%. ...more.
South Africa's Vodacom has unveiled the largest solar array of panels on a single building in Africa at its offices in Cape Town. ...more.
South Africa's smallest mobile network, 8ta caused confusion over the weekend after it said it would be rebranding to adopt the name of its landline parent, Telkom SA, but later retracted part of the statement. ...more.
Advertising giant, Ogilvy & Mather says that it has bought a majority share in the South African mobile marketing company, Strike Media. ...more.
South Africa based Vodacom has reported that its fourth-quarter revenues rose by 1.7 percent to reach R18.3 billion. ...more.
South Africa based MTN Group has issued an independent report into the allegations that it used bribery to secure an operating license in Iran - and concluded that the company did not do what it was alleged to have done. ...more.
Saudi Arabia's Saudi Telecom (STC) has posted a sharp fall in its fourth-quarter profits as the company was hurt by write-downs of overseas subsidiaries and a one-off tax charge. ...more.
Cloud services, mobile advertising and mobile apps will be some of the highest growth segments in the South African market, contributing half a billion dollars in new revenue from 2012-2017, ...more.
South Africa's Vodacom says that it has expanded its LTE coverage from 70 to more than 500 base stations and the rollout has now reached Cape Town. ...more.
India's Bharti Airtel is reported to be making another attempt to buy a South African mobile network, and is said to be looking at acquiring either of the smallest networks, Cell C or 8ta. ...more.