06-11-2003, 10:21 AM
Chech out this article from yesterday..should know this morning
So who actualy was the winner at the end of the day or was it telkom again !!!!
13-11-2003, 08:05 PM
Isn't the "winner" only going to be announced in about 7 weeks time? At the moment they are just going to warehouse the whole thing.
I might be wrong, but that is my understanding of the matter.
14-11-2003, 08:08 AM
yeah thats right Nickste. I was a bit over optimistic when I read an article a while back. They are awarding the license to the other 49% plus the warehoused share, then announcing the 51%(Warehoused) member in 7 weeks now or less, which I seriously doubt.
15-11-2003, 01:09 AM
Sunday Tribune<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>The second fixed line telecommunications second network operator (SNO) team of Transtel, Esi-Tel and Nexus Connection was given the go-ahead this week.<b>Renee Bonorchis</b> asks and answers the pertinent quetions.</i>
<b>When will the second network operator open its doors?</b>
Kari Sockiwa, the chief executive of Transtel, said the SNO team would be able to start operations as early as February.
<b>What types of services will it offer?</b>
Sockiwa said the services on offer would span the full spectrum of telecommunications, running principally off fibre optic cable, microwave and sattelite technologies.
<b>What will the new company be called?</b>
Sockiwa and Eugene Ruiters, a director of Nexus, said business plans still needed to be intergrated. Thereafter, said Sockiwa, a board would need to be appointed and employees taken on. It would then be up to the new company to name itself.
<b>What is still to be done before the SNO launches?</b>
Interconnect agreements need to be signed with other telecoms operators. Theses agreements allow for networks to bill one another at approved rates when their customers' calls use more than one network.
<b>Will the second network operator create new jobs for the country?</b>
No. Sockiwa said in an interview earlier this year that there were 1 700 people in Transtel but the SNO would, initially, not need them all. Although, he said, as it grew it would create up to 2 000 high-end technology jobs. But the SNO will spend more than R2 billion on small, medium and micro enterprises.
<b>Who will the first customers be?</b>
Transtel will pull in its existing 26 customers through Transnet, which includes the likes of SAA, Petronet, SA Port Operations and Spoornet, and Esi-Tel will pull in customers through Eskom. The focus, at least initially, will be on corporate clients.
"Our strategy is to look at customers from the top 350 companies all the way down to residential," Sockiwa added.
"Competition with Telkom is already head to head. For example, I want the Standard Bank account and Nedcor and Anglo-American and Barloworld."
<b>What kind of cash are we talking about?</b>
Transtel and Esi-Tel claim to have spent about R1.4 billion to ready their systems for the big day. This figure will be ramped up quickly. Eskom said in its latest annual report that it had invested R669 million in the fibre optic network. Eskom further said it spent R33 million to develop positioning for the SNO.
<b>Will calls be cheaper?</b>
Not necessarily. While Ruiters said Nexus's business plan might change with the integration of the three businesses, Sockiwa said the strategy was "not one of getting into a price war. We will study the environment and see what doable ... We will look at how best to package products competitively."
<b>How is Telkom responding to the threat of competion?</b>
Arguably competition is not new to Telkom. Telkom's outgoing chief executive said earlier this year that each of South Africa's three cellular companies presented competition.
Nonetheless, Telkom in the last 18 months has ramped up its services in preparation for heightened competition and for its listings in New York and Johannesburg.
<b>What is a warehoused stake?</b>
Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri, the minister of communications, gave the government just eight weeks to identify shareholders to take the 51 percent stake in the SNO. This is being kept aside for a "strategic equity partner" that is expected to add expertise and financial clout to the SNO company. There have been two bidders in the history of the SNO debacle; CommuniTel and Two Consortium, both of whom have been rejected twice.
<b>Who might take the warehoused stake?</b>
Unsuccessful bidders CommuniTel and Two Consortium have been discussing a merger. Although both would dearly love to take the stake alone, Peter Archer, the director of CommuniTel, said the bidders had been talking since April and talks continued this week.
Archer said Matsepe-Casaburri knew the two bidders had been talking and had been encouraging their contact.
<b>Are there competition issues regarding the SNO team?</b>
The government holds a 39.3 percent controlling stake in Telkom and will be in control of the entity created by Transtel, Esi-Tel and Nexus.
Sockiwa said sharing a controlling shareholder did not mean companies would not compete.
Menzi Simelane, the head of the Competition Comission, said this week that there were no short-term competition problems while the government searched for a suitable taker for the warehoused 51 percent stake.
However, he said, if no taker was found and the company went on without a vital strategic equity partner, there would be long-term competition problems.<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></blockquote id="quote"></font id="quote">
A clear conscience is a sign of bad memory!
This is looking good to me thoe i dont know hopefully something comes out of all of this , and i hope all of this isnt just uselss talk to get peaple off tehy back and all thoes fuigures could be talk also