Vodacom South Africa to launch Blackberry Z3 mid-July

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BlackBerry has introduced the Z3 smartphone to South Africa and it will be available to Vodacom customers in stores and online from mid-July. It has a recommended selling price of ZAR 2,999 and will also be available on the Vodacom Smart S plan at ZAR 249 per month. The BlackBerry Z3 has a 5-inch touch display, is equipped with BlackBerry …

EditorVodacom South Africa to launch Blackberry Z3 mid-July

Vodacom South Africa launches 3 mobile phones

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Vodacom South Africa is making new mobile devices available from July, 3 of which will be available exclusively to Vodacom customers for a limited period. The Huawei Ascend P7 will be available only to Vodacom customers via its and online until 06 August available for ZAR 6,699 or with the Vodacom Smart S plan for ZAR 379 per month. The first …

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MTN awarded licence for 2 GHz band (South Africa)

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A spokesperson for the regulator stated that the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has issued MTN with a licence to use the frequencies in the 2,010–2,015 MHz band. MTN intends to use the spectrum for its non-line-of-sight small-cell backhaul service, Icasa told website MyBroadband. MTN’s application resulted in public hearings in August 2013, where Vodacom, Cell C and …

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BitCo inks distribution agreement with Chatz Connect (South Africa)

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South African telecom provider BitCo will sell its home broadband product via Chatz Connect’s network of Retail stores, as reported by the Tech Central. Chatz Connect is the largest of Vodacom’s independent dealers. Bitco, historically focused on the voice communications market, is looking to expand into providing last-mile broadband services and has launched a line-of-sight-dependent home uncapped broadband product using …

EditorBitCo inks distribution agreement with Chatz Connect (South Africa)

SMS World Cup service by Vodacom (Mozambique)

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Vodacom, the Mozambique operator is providing live coverage from the 2014 World Cup on mobile phones. For MZN 10 per week, customers get SMS updates on the football matches being played in Brazil, including info on teams, the best players, goals and results. The operator has also enabled customers to download the two official songs of the World Cup (“La …

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Vodacom provides SMS World Cup service (Mozambique)

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Mozambique operator Vodacom is providing live coverage from the 2014 World Cup on mobile phones. For MZN 10 per week, customers get SMS updates on the football matches being played in Brazil, including info on teams, the best players, goals and results. The operator has also enabled customers to download the two official songs of the World Cup (“La La …

EditorVodacom provides SMS World Cup service (Mozambique)

WAPA urges split of Vodacom into wholesale and retail (South Africa)

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The Wireless Access Providers’ Association (WAPA) stated Vodacom should be required to separate itself into distinct retail and wholesale arms, in a similar way to Telkom, if the mobile operator’s ZAR7 billion acquisition of Neotel is allowed by regulators to go ahead, as reported by Techcentral. WAPA represents about 200 organisations, most of them independent ones who rely on Neotel’s infrastructure …

EditorWAPA urges split of Vodacom into wholesale and retail (South Africa)

Mobile operators deliver cheap school Internet

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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) recently amended the universal service obligations of MTN, Vodacom, Cell C and Neotel, which form part of their radio frequency licenses. These obligations were published in the Government Gazette on Wednesday, 4 June 2014, and also included details on what the operators had done in fulfilling their previous obligations. Three mobile operators …

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Dar’s Tigo nets a million mobile money users

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According to an official statement released by Tigo Tanzania, a unit of emerging markets telecom group Millicom Cellular International, it had added 1 million mobile money service users over the past year and now wants to expand further in the fast-growing market. Mobile money transfers, pioneered by Vodafone’s Kenyan unit Safaricom, have grown rapidly in east Africa, offering companies an …

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