Telecom news South Africa

MTN SA Invests $46.4-Million in New Infrastructure for KZN, South Africa

Africa’s largest telecom group MTN SA has announced a further investment of $46.4-million (R700-million) in order to modernise existing, and deploy new, network infrastructure across the KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa. The $46.4-million investment, which is an addition to the $33.17-million (R500-million) invested in 2021, will go toward MTN’s “Modernisation of Network South Africa project” (MONZA) as well as expanded rural reach, 5G expansion and restoration of vandalised network infrastructure, the company said in a press release. “The KZN investment forms part of plans to modernise the entire MTN network, 68% of which has already been completed nationally, with an additional 1350 sites to be finalised, and around 200 top areas covered across SA, by the end of 2022”, says Matthew...

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...

ICASA Sets New Deadline for Controversial Spectrum Auction

Sourced from PC Mag Last month, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), the country’s communications regulator, announced that it would not be publishing invitations to apply (ITA) to participate in the highly anticipated auction of high-demand spectrum in South Africa, effectively postponing the auction. ICASA said that the move was made to avoid lengthy court battles against several litigators that had issues with how ICASA was handling the auction. The regulator likewise withdrew an ITA for the licensing of the planned wholesale open-access network (WOAN). Now, following more than a decade of delays and legal issues, ICASA has announced a new timetable for the auction of its high-demand spectrum in the country. According to Media24, SA’s high data prices (some ...

ICASA Cancels Spectrum Auction in Attempt to Avoid Lengthy Court Battle

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), the country’s communications regulator, has announced that it will not be publishing invitations to apply (ITA) to participate in the long-awaited auction of high-demand spectrum in South Africa. ICASA says that the move was made to avoid a lengthy court battle against several litigators that had issues with how ICASA was handling the auction. The regulator is likewise withdrawing an ITA for the licensing of the planned wholesale open-access network (WOAN), pending court approval. “ICASA has now decided to consent to an order setting aside its decision to publish the invitations to apply (ITAs) in order to avoid a long, drawn-out litigation, the effect of which would only be to delay further the licensing of high-demand spec...