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4 Important Things You Need to Know About ICASA’s Auction Tomorrow

After several years of delays, cancellations, court cases and the setting of further and further deadlines, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is finally set to auction access to SA’s much-coveted spectrum for mobile broadband services. Two auctions will be held – one on 8 March and another on 10 March. The second auction is considered the “main” auction. Here are 4 things you need to know about tomorrow’s ICASA auction: The Opt-In Phase Auction The first highly-anticipated auction will be held on Tuesday 8 March with every big name telecom in the country lining up to take a seat at the table. For the last several weeks, ICASA has conducted mock auctions and a bidder seminar to ensure that potential participants are comfortable with the bidding process. Accord...

SA’s 4 Fastest Mobile Internet Operators Ranked in 2022

Internet and connectivity speed tester Ookla has released its market analysis for South Africa, ranking the country’s fastest mobile internet operators. The analysis only takes into account top mobile operators in the country, ones which account for 3% or more of total test samples in the market in Q4 2021 – smaller providers are not tested, and thus are not included in the rankings. All operators are ranked based on their Speed Score, which incorporates a measure of each provider’s download and upload speed to rank network performance (90% of the final Speed Score is attributed to download speed and the remaining 10% to upload speed because online experiences are typically more affected by download speed). Ookla places the most emphasis on the median speeds as those represent what most mo...

Check Out Cell C’s Latest “Day-By-Day” Data Bundles

Image sourced from Town Press Cell C has launched new Day-by-Day data bundles that offer their customers the convenience of a bundle that automatically allocates new data each day. Simo Mkhize, CCO at Cell C South Africa says, “The bundles offer the benefit of a once-off upfront payment and daily data allocation gives our customers a sense of control and peace of mind that they won’t use up their whole bundle earlier than planned.” The new Cell C Day-by-Day bundles have launched with three competitive bundles ranging from seven to 30 days in validity and are available to prepaid, top-up and post-paid customers. The three new bundles that may be purchased by dialling *147# are detailed in the table below: Total Data (GB) Daily Allocation Number of Days Validity Price 7GB 1GB 7 Days Each day...

A Price Has Been Set for MTN’s IHS Tower Deal – Here Are The Details

Sourced from PC Mag After a lengthly competitive process, the MTN Group has announced that its South African arm has finalised a passive tower infrastructure transaction with IHS Towers. The transaction will entail the sale and leaseback of 5,709 of MTN SA’s towers – comprising approximately 4,000 greenfield and 1,700 rooftop sites. The transaction will also include the outsourcing of power and related services (power as a service, or PaaS) across the entire MTN SA site footprint of approximately 12,800 – thus incorporating an additional 7,100 third-party sites. MTN says that one of the key goals of the transaction has been to achieve an “OpCo-friendly” outcome, which, amongst others, aims to ensure: A limited financial impact on MTN SA’s current running cost versus leaseback costs, improv...

Has Cell C Started Bouncing Back After an Abysmal 2020?

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Cell C Slashes Data Prices – 3GB for R85

Image sourced from Town Press Cell C has announced changes to its 30-day data bundles, dropping prices for several bundles and introducing a few new ones. The enhanced data bundles will not only see a reduction in price but an increase in some of the allocated data on certain bundles purchased. The updated price changes will give Cell C customers extra data for less, offering them more value for their money. See the full list of changes below: Customers will now be able to purchase a 1GB 30-day bundle for R85, but that’s not all, Cell C is also giving away an extra 1GB of nite data for free on all 1GB 30-day data bundles. Customers walk away with 2GB for R85. Cell C is also giving away an extra 1GB of any time data when customers buy the 1GB 30-day data bundle on the Cell C App or portal, ...

Top 5 Best Telecom Networks in SA Ranked

Sourced from the Guardian Nigeria. MyBroadband Insights has released its Q3 Mobile Network Quality Report, which shows the network quality of several of South Africa’s top telecoms gauged by a number of factors, including download and upload speeds, and latency. The report is based on results recorded between 1 July 2021 and 30 September 2021. The download speed (60%), upload speed (20%), and latency (20%) are used to calculate a Network Quality Score. Over 300,000 samples were collected from 10,530 unique users. The Network Quality Score out of 10 then shows how a network performed in relation to other networks. Here are the Top 5 Best Telecom Networks in SA Ranked by Network Quality: Rain – Network Quality Score: 3.42 Download Speed: 10.86Mbps Upload Speed: 8.78Mbps Latency: 34 Cell C – ...

4 Fastest Mobile Internet Operators in South Africa Ranked

Internet and connectivity speed tester Ookla last month released its market analysis for South Africa, ranking the country’s fastest mobile internet operators. The analysis only takes into account top mobile operators in the country, ones which account for 3% or more of total test samples in the market in Q2 2021 – smaller providers are not tested, and thus are not included in the rankings. All operators are ranked based on their Speed Score, which incorporates a measure of each provider’s download and upload speed to rank network performance (90% of the final Speed Score is attributed to download speed and the remaining 10% to upload speed because online experiences are typically more affected by download speed). Ookla places the most emphasis on the median speeds as those represent what ...

Cell C Reports R5.5 Billion Loss

Image sourced from Town Press Cell C has reported a loss of R5.5 billion after tax following the announcement of its annual financial performance for the 12 months ending December 2020. The telco revealed that total revenue was down by 8% to R13.8-billion (2019: R15.1-billion), with the largest part of the revenue contribution from its prepaid base at R6.2-billion (2019: R6.9-billion). CFO of Cell C, Zaf Mahomed believes that even though the telco made a full-year loss, the latter six months of 2020 was encouraging as it had shown a R2.1 billion profit in the second half. Mahomed says “our results reflect a business in transition. We are starting to see the impact of our changes which included a focus on more profitable subscribers and through the reduction in costs a shift to revenue-gene...

Cell C Appointed as Preferred Service Provider to South African Government

Image sourced from Town Press Cell C has been appointed as one of the preferred service providers to the South African Government for the delivery of mobile communication services. This is for the period 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2026. The mobile communication services contract is known as RT15-2021 and was previously held exclusively by Vodacom for a five-year period. “This award marks a significant milestone for Cell C and is testament to our understanding of the needs of government and tailoring innovative solutions that matter to them, with extra value,” says Douglas Craigie Stevenson, CEO of Cell C. “It reflects the confidence in our brand and the tenacity of the company. I’m extremely proud of the effort our team put into Cell C’s proposal.” In awarding the tender the National Treasur...

Cell C Introduces New All-in-One Data Bundles

Image sourced from Town Press Cell C is set to bring back the Double Data deal for customers purchasing any All-in-One bundle, replacing the social data promotion that allocated free Facebook data. Essentially, users will get double anytime data to use on any platform when buying an All-In-One bundle. The bonus data offerings and price structures are as follows: Description All-In-One 5GB (10.5GB) All-In-One 10GB (21GB) All-In-One 20GB (42GB) Bundle Fee (Incl VAT) R359,00 R669,00 R1 249,00 Validity(days) 30 30 30 Data 5GB 10GB 20GB Bonus Anytime Data 5GB Free 10GB free 20GB Free Social Data 500MB 1GB 2GB On-net minutes Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited On-net minutes FUP 1000 1000 1000 Any-net minutes 90 120 350 Cell C has also introduced two new 6-month data bundles: 100GB and 200GB. These wi...

Cell C has Started to Migrate Subscribers off its Network

Image sourced from Town Press Cell C has started migrating its customers to MTN’s cellphone tower infrastructure while it prepares to decommission its own towers. “Our strategic vision is to differentiate ourselves by focusing on innovative products and services without being owners of capital-intensive infrastructure. This creates more flexibility and capacity to deliver the right quality of service to our current and future customers,” says Cell C CEO, Douglas Craigie Stevenson. “Cell C is pioneering the evolution of the MNO space in South Africa by becoming a significant wholesale buyer of network capacity and infrastructure services. It is a win-win as the individual operators deliver segmental expertise to the benefit of everyone in the industry.” In response to a vastly changed busin...

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