A new plan says government intervention can make data 25% cheaper within three years – here’s why that is quite optimistic

2019-08-29 09:13

Mobile operators have long blamed the lack of spectrum for high data prices.

Vodacom is pulling in 67,000 customers a day in South Africa as its prices fall – and it says data will keep getting cheaper

2019-07-25 09:27

Vodcom reported 608,000 new customers on its network in its most recent quarter, while its service revenues declined. But the really big drops in data costs will come once it has new promised spectrum, the company says.

Data prices could start falling from next month - here's why

2019-07-05 12:50

South Africa has some of the most expensive data in the world.

Vodacom is spending billions on 'SA’s cheapest data network' Rain, while its own data prices continue to plummet

2019-05-13 12:22

Vodacom will soon have spent R2.3 billion in capital on the much smaller data-only network Rain, its latest financial results show – money its competitors think will be very well spent.

Why Telkom will not yet invest in 5G – and when 5G will be available at Cell C, Vodacom, MTN, and Rain

2019-05-06 09:12

5G promises to be up to be 20 times faster than 4G.

You can now transfer your cellphone data to other people for free - except if you're with Vodacom

2019-03-01 14:11

It also charges the most for out-of-bundle data usage.

Vandalism of South Africa's cellphone network nearly doubles during load shedding

2019-02-13 07:48

Cell C, the country’s third largest mobile operator, said during load shedding nearly 30% of its network is affected by vandalism.

‘Just shut up’: Vodacom gets a tongue lashing from communications minister about Please Call Me ‘settlement’

2019-01-14 10:55

Vodacom is getting a very public political scolding for saying it has reached a settlement with Please Call Me inventor Kenneth Makate – including from Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, the minister that oversees its sector.

Vodacom is said to discuss network-sharing deal with Telkom

2018-08-29 11:55

Vodacom is negotiating a South African wireless network-sharing deal with fixed-line operator Telkom SA as a replacement for former partner Cell C.


Why is South Africa still waiting for cheaper data?

2019-08-13 22:17

Mobile data prices in South Africa are higher than in many other countries in Africa and elsewhere. The quick release of spectrum could change that – but continued indecision by policymakers leaves consumers with costly data bills and hinders economic growth.

Vodacom, MTN and Rain are preparing for e-SIM cards in SA. Here’s how it will work

2019-07-10 07:13

e-SIM cards are built into a device and therefore only needs to be activated.

Vodacom clamped down on the ‘content fraud’ that makes airtime disappear – and lost almost half the money it was making from content subscriptions

2019-06-14 13:00

Vodacom says it took a big knock in "WASP revenue" because of stringent policies about content fraud, after years of complaints.

Vodacom keeps changing the reason it claims to be SA’s best network – and an advertising regulator is getting tired of its games

2019-05-09 16:28

The appeals committee of SA's advertising regulator says Vodacom shouldn't be claiming to be the best cellphone network in the land anymore, as MTN complained – and Vodacom looking contemptuous because it keeps trying.

Load shedding will hit data prices, cellphone companies warn

2019-03-20 05:42

Stage 4 load shedding places additional strain on cellphone towers as batteries are increasingly unable to recharge.

Vodacom backtracks after outrage: It will now roll over data for free

2019-02-27 13:28

Vodacom was going to be the only mobile operator to charge for data rollovers to the next month.

Cellphone data rules change this week - here's how it will work at Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and Telkom

2019-02-25 06:30

From the beginning of March, South Africans have to be warned if they use out-of-bundle data, and they will also be able to roll over data.

Yes, SA data is more expensive than it needs to be, Vodacom says – and it is all government’s fault

2019-02-07 16:13

Vodacom said it “needlessly” had to build more towers to expand its 4G network. Consumers end up paying for that via higher prices.

Vodacom’s data prices fell 16.4% in six months – and the customers are streaming in

2018-11-12 08:56

The internet of things was the biggest area of customer growth for Vodacom in the last six months, but unlike MTN it is growing across the board in South Africa.

Vodacom says its data was suddenly a lot cheaper in the last three months – and it is thrilled about that

2018-07-24 09:07

Vodacom sold a lot more data bundles than usual in April, May, and June, because its prices were lower. It now says new Icasa rules on data roll-over won't be that big a deal – because it turns out people buy more data when it is cheaper.

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