Vodacom eyes at Africa

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Vodacom Group Ltd. is planning to expand its footprint in Africa. According to Chief Executive Officer, Pieter Uys, growth opportunities in Africa, outside the mobile-phone company’s South African home market, have whetted his appetite for acquisitions. According to Uys, the first quarterly growth in Vodacom’s international operations after five consecutive quarters of negative growth and the appointment of Johan Dennelind …

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South African Regulator Cuts MTN, Vodacom Rates

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MTN Group Ltd. and Vodacom Group Ltd.’s call termination rates were set at US$0.10 from March following South African government demands to bring down the world’s third-highest interconnection rates. According to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, the industry regulator, peak call rates for the two companies were set at 56 cents from March 2012 to February 2013 and …

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MTN increases subscribers by 4% in Q3 (Africa)

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MTN, Africa’s biggest mobile operator, increased its subscribers by 4% in the July-September third quarter, conquering strong competition and price cuts from rivals. The company also raised its forecast for new users this year to 22.9 million, from 21.1 million last year. According to MTN, it had 134.4 million users at the end of September, compared with 129.2 million at …

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Vodacom cuts prepaid rates to compete with 8ta

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Vodacom has introduced its new All Day per minute tariff, with prepaid customers to pay only US$0.20 a minute for calls to all South African mobile networks. This is lower than the US$0.21 a minute charged by both Cell C and new mobile competitor 8ta. After observing rivals move Vodacom realized that it is offering the same plan at 0.24 …

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Telkom relies on new mobile strategy

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As per the analysts, Telkom is planning to launch its long-awaited mobile network this week, but considerable price cuts will be required to persuade consumers to change alliance. The new name for Telkom Mobile is anticipated to not be disclosed before the launch on Thursday evening. The widely publicized Heita advertisements are most likely to be Telkom’s answer to MTN’s …

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Telkom South Africa to reveal new mobile network

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Telkom South Africa is set to unveil its new mobile network on 14 October, becoming the country’s fourth cellular operator in the process. According to reports, the members of the South African media have been invited to an event at Lanseria airport, north of Johannesburg on 14 October, with the enigmatic invitation entitled ‘The time has come – Telkom is …

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MTN South Africa to construct 3G on 900MHz band

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MTN South Africa is planning to build a 3G network in the 900MHz band to improve bandwidth for customers in remote areas. According to reports, MTN is expecting major expansion in demand for broadband services in the outskirts of South Africa’s main cities in the coming years. The company is expecting a growth of 3G coverage in these areas. Constructing …

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Vodacom Mozambique plans investment of $60 million

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: An investment of more than US$60 million has been planned by Vodacom Mozambique over the next two years to expand its network. 43% increase in the number of customers last year to 2.3 million has resulted in the decision for expansion. 100 new transmission towers has been planned to be set up by the network mainly in the centre …

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South African telco Cell C profit rises

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Despite tough competition from dominant players Vodacom and MTN Group, the annual profit of South Africa’s third largest mobile phone operator, Cell C has increased, courtesy, the 8% increase in subscribers. Majorly owned by Saudi Arabian group Saudi Oger, Cell C has been increasingly seen as a potential takeover target. According to the company, EBITDA went up to ZAR1.4 …

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South African operators asked to lower termination fees

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: The operators of South Africa have been asked by regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to further reduce their interconnection fees by July. A new interconnection fee of 65c from July onwards has been approved by the regulator along with an off-peak mobile termination fee of 77c. Vodacom, MTN and Cell C expressed their willingness to …

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Vodacom Congo’s future uncertain as it heads for arbitration

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: The future of Vodacom Congo seems to be looming in dark as the shareholders of the company are moving towards an arbitration process which means that the capital flow into the company’s operations in Congo will become very limited. According to Bob Collymore, Vodacom Group’s chief officer for corporate affairs, at least now management knows that there is a …

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Mozambique govt issues tender for 3rd license

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Long anticipated tender for a third mobile network operator license has finally been issued by government of Mozambique. US$25 million has been set as the reserved price for the license, with the last date for submissions due by July 6th 2010. After winning the license, the operator can begin operating within 30 days of the license being granted. Earlier …

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