Cell C says Vodacom-Neotel deal would threaten competition

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South African operator Cell C has warned that Vodacom’s planned acquisition of Neotel will threaten its business and could have devastating effects on the local telecoms market, Bloomberg reported. It said Cell C will tell regulators that the deal should not be approved, because of the detrimental, “indeed fatal”, impact that this could have on competition in the electronic communications …

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Vodafone, Vodacom, Safaricom join fight against Ebola

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Vodafone and its African subsidiaries Vodacom and Safaricom are supporting the African Union as it seeks to deploy more medical specialists to reach the areas in West Africa worse-affected by the Ebola outbreak. A total donation of USD 1.25 million has been made to the African Union’s ‘United Against Ebola’ appeal, Medecins Sans Frontieres and Vodafone HealthLine in Ghana. Vodafone …

EditorVodafone, Vodacom, Safaricom join fight against Ebola

Vodacom launches campaign to curb texting while driving

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South African operator Vodacom has launched a campaign to curb texting while driving. The W8_2send (pronounced wait-to-send) campaign encourages South Africa to pledge to never text whilst driving. W8_2send aims to create as much awareness around the dangers of texting whilst driving as possible. The campaign, which was specifically designed with the youth in mind, uses social media to spread …

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Vodacom launches sweepstakes for M-Pesa users

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Mozambique operator Vodacom has launched a competition for its customers that use M-Pesa, a financial service that allows the transfer and withdrawal of money, paying bills and purchasing top-ups. For every financial transaction with M-Pesa, users automatically qualify for 63 weekly prizes as well as for the main prize of MZN 1 million. The promotion lasts until 2 January 2015, …

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Vodacom South Africa expands Power Hour promotion

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Vodacom South Africa has expanded its Power Hour promotion to include a wider range of low-cost voice and data options, called More Power. It is available to all prepaid customers from 25 November. Power Hour provides one hour of on-net calls for ZAR 6, and Power Internet costs ZAR 6 and supplies 60 MB of data. Another part of More …

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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 …

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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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