SPECIAL REPORT This is why data still costs you twice what it could

2019-01-14 18:38

Why is data in South Africa so expensive? Why does it 'expire'? And is there anything that anyone can do about it? Fin24 unpacks the issues in the first of this four-part series that will be published daily this week on the cost of data in SA.

Vodacom just launched a super-fast 5G service in Lesotho – because SA's spectrum policy is a mess

2018-08-25 15:06

South Africa hasn't managed to sort out how to allocate the radio frequency spectrum necessary for next-generation broadband cellphone services – so the first commercial 5G service in Africa just went live in the tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho.

Vodacom criticises SA ICT policy for being 'unclear'

2017-02-01 11:10

South Africa’s biggest mobile network by subscribers, Vodacom, has criticised government’s ICT policy white paper, which was released to the public late last year.

Cwele: Govt doesn’t want to run mobile networks

2016-10-14 13:28

South Africa’s government has no intention of running a mobile network in the country, says Telecoms Minister Siyabonga Cwele.

Spectrum auction postponed

2016-09-25 07:37

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) is trying to keep its controversial auction of prime radio frequency spectrum on track, despite the department of telecommunications and postal services’ court challenge.

Muthambi grilled over 'slow' digital migration

2016-09-15 18:20

The communications minister has been hauled over the coals by her own party who told her that her management of the digital migration project was "found wanting".

Why Minister Siyabonga Cwele is suing Icasa

2016-08-11 06:19

Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele in court papers has lashed out at a local regulator over its plan to sell spectrum.

Spectrum auction will boost SA economy - Vodacom

2016-07-21 10:10

South Africa’s biggest mobile network Vodacom has given the thumbs up to a local plan to auction off radio frequency spectrum for high-speed broadband.

Bidders to pay R3bn in SA spectrum auction

2016-07-15 14:04

Networks wanting radio frequency spectrum licences for faster mobile broadband services in South Africa will have to fork out at least R3bn.


Govt abandoning direct involvement in set-top box programme

2018-10-11 20:26

Government is abandoning direct involvement with the set-top box programme, and is phasing out to a "market/retail" approach instead.

Vodacom: more spectrum needed to expand 4G in rural areas

2017-08-01 18:52

Vodacom Group chief technology officer Andries Delport says South Africa needs more spectrum to expand high speed internet access coverage in rural areas.

SKA goes digital as Northern Cape switches off analogue TV signal

2016-10-27 11:54

The first phase of the analogue switch-off and migration to digital broadcasting will start with analogue signals being switched off in the Northen Cape.

Cwele wins spectrum court battle against Icasa

2016-09-30 10:44

Minister Siyabonga Cwele's bid to interdict and set aside a planned spectrum auction for high-speed broadband in South Africa has been upheld by the North Gauteng High Court.

MTN: Our data costs have decreased 73% in 5 years

2016-09-21 19:00

MTN has decreased voice and data tariffs by 58% and 73% respectively in the last five years, despite an increase in costs due to a struggling economy, the company has told Parliament.

Telkom considers suing Icasa over spectrum

2016-08-18 11:21

Local telecommunications company Telkom has threatened launching legal action against communications regulator Icasa over a planned spectrum auction.

Icasa: ‘We followed the law in spectrum auction invite’

2016-07-26 15:24

South Africa’s communications regulator has defended its move to launch a wireless broadband spectrum auction amid government threatening legal action over the move.

Cell C unhappy with R3bn spectrum price

2016-07-19 16:35

South Africa’s third largest mobile network, Cell C, has expressed its concern over having to fork out at least R3bn to bid for radio frequency spectrum.

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