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Telkom’s clever use of its mobile networks demonstrates how the once sluggish monopoly has evolved into a nimble underdog

Telkom, which has battled copper cable theft for decades, has started transitioning its landline users to it mobile network. Instead of my 91-year-old mother's phone using wires to connect to the network, it now uses Telkom's mobile network. It's been a game changer.

Got Vumatel in your hood? Look out for this scammer

A man going by Sipho Mahlangu who poses as a Wi-Fi company/specialist and takes money off people’s hands. Without reciprocating with services.

Cell C launches a converged ‘entertainment package’ called MediaPlay

In other parts of the world, you can get all of your communication necessities along with your entertainment indulgences from one company. Which means one bill, and one call centre to contend with when things go wrong. The appeal is obvious. Now mobile operator Cell C has launched a converged service of its own called MediaPlay. It’s something South Africa could certainly use… but will...[Read More]

MTN launches their fibre service called Süpersonic

If your neighbourhood has been blessed by the fibre gods, chances are you’ve got a fibre connection or are thinking about getting one. And while the selection of ISPs is growing by the day, you might be more interested in a network you already know, which is why MTN launched their own fibre service, Süpersonic (yip, with an umlaut, nope, we don’t know why, either). Süpersonic is MTN’s ...[Read More]

Light Start – Vuma does Cape Town, Manga motoring, Vodacom VR and Uber’s hunt for fresh blood

Vumatel takes on Cape Town The plucky fibre company that kickstarted Johannesburg’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) scene has announced its pink shirts will now be seen around some of the Mother City’s neighbourhoods. The company announced on Friday that it’s successfully installed fibre in the Cape Town suburb of Tamboerskloof, with Oranjezicht and Vredehoek next on the list. Vumatel c...[Read More]

Cell C throws its hat in the LTE and fibre ring like an enraged Oddjob

Cell C’s been rolling out infrastructure in South Africa’s major cities with puppy-like exuberance in an effort to put to bed complaints about the quality of its service (especially on the data front) that dogged the service a few years back. And now it wants to show off its hard work and, you know, sell all that extra capacity. To this end, it’s cutting the cost of its LTE servi...[Read More]

Vumatel’s giving schools gigabit internet connections for mahala

Dark fibre company Vumatel, the business that’s made the residents of Johannesburg’s Parkhurst and surrounds even more supercilious than usual, has announced it’s going to “roll out free uncapped open access fibre optic infrastructure” to every school its teams of trench-digging, fibre-laying, pink-high-visibility-vest-clad workers pass as it grows its network. That’s 1Gbit/s, uncapped conne...[Read More]

Telkom’s fibre upgrade areas revealed

Yesterday Telkom announced it plans to offer around 11,000 of its existing DSL subscribers the option to upgrade their connection to fibre for free and try out a pair of its fibre products for two months, also at no charge. Now the company has provided a list of the areas that are eligible for the campaign. The deal applies to consumers currently using a 2,4 or 8Mbit/s DSL service from Telkom and ...[Read More]

25 More suburbs getting Telkom fibre this month

Telkom’s open-access fibre network just keeps growing and growing. The operator has announced another 25 areas in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth will have access to fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) by the end of September. The new areas include Hillcrest in Kimberly; Rayton Ridge and Universitas Ridge in Bloemfontein; Assagay, Ballito Industrial Park, Both...[Read More]

Telkom wants to install 1m fibre connections by 2018

As of the end of last month, Telkom has connected 38,000 homes to fibre, By December this year the operator expects this figure to climb to 70,000. Come March 2016 it expects 150,000 homes to be connected, half a million by the end of next year and 1 million by 2018. Them, as they say, are fighting words. Telkom only has around 1 million ADSL lines in service, so trying to outdo that in fibre conn...[Read More]

Vumatel fibre coming to four new suburbs in Joburg

Four more Johannesburg suburbs can look forward to high-speed, fibre-to-the-home internet connectivity courtesy of Vumatel. Trenching to lay fibre will begin in Victory Park, Linden, Bryanston South and Blairgowrie in the last quarter of this year. Vumatel provides the physical infrastructure on an open-access basis, meaning consumers can choose from various internet service providers for data. Vu...[Read More]

Telkom not-yet turnaround

How can it be, that in 2015, Telkom still doesn’t seem to understand broadband is a volume business? Last week was a good one for Telkom, which announced unusually impressive results, after years of haemorrhaging money. Headline earnings are up 60%, shareholders are getting a dividend for the first time since 2011 and the share price has surged to six times from what it was when CEO Sipho Maseko t...[Read More]

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