Spectrum chaos in South Africa
Telkom says that while trying to use emergency network capacity handed out at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, it ran into significant problems.
MyBroadband spoke to Telkom’s head of network planning and engineering Lebo Masalesa, who explained that “digital...
Wireless ISPs achieve speeds up to 100Mbps in South Africa
The Wireless Access Providers' Association (Wapa) currently watches over 250 members, 200 of which are wireless Internet service providers (Wisps), meaning the organisation has near-national coverage.
Wisps are Internet service...
Plans to shut down 2G and 3G in South Africa
Switching off South Africa's 2G and 3G networks will be a challenging feat for the country's mobile network operators and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa).
Operators will have to work with Icasa to streamline the...
Digital TV signal disruptions announced
State-owned signal distributor Sentech announced that it has begun restacking digital TV frequencies in towns where the migration from SABC’s old analogue signal has been completed.
It warned that disruptions to digital terrestrial TV signals could last...
Telkom offers tricky deal in cellular network capacity fight
Telkom has pledged to remove its interdict application against South Africa’s radio frequency spectrum auction from the court roll, provided its opponents in the fight agree to an expedited hearing on the merits of the case.
South African call centres can soon move 0800-numbers away from Telkom
South Africa’s Independent Service Providers’ Association (Ispa) says the country’s telecoms sector is off to a promising start in 2022 with the finalisation of a complete number portability framework.
SA Post Office's Speed Services tested — and compared with other courier services
Testing by MyBroadband revealed that The Courier Guy and Fastway easily outperformed the SA Post Office’s courier service, Speed Services.
The South African Post Office (SAPO) and Icasa are fighting to stop...
Goliath vs Goliath vs Goliath — South Africa’s spectrum showdown
Battle lines have been drawn over the heated issue of cellular network capacity in South Africa.
In the one corner — South Africa’s incumbent and partially state-owned telecommunications network operator Telkom.
Vodacom joins fight against Telkom
Vodacom has filed papers in the Pretoria High Court to oppose Telkom’s application for an urgent interdict against the spectrum auction that industry regulator Icasa wants to hold on 8 March 2022.
Telkom approached the Pretoria High Court last week Tuesday to...
MTN files High Court papers against Telkom
MTN has filed papers to oppose Telkom's urgent application to block South Africa's spectrum auction from going ahead on 8 March 2022.
Radio frequency spectrum is the raw network capacity that cellular network operators use to communicate between...
All the devices that need electromagnetic interference certificates in South Africa
Electric irons, toasters, and grills are among the devices that need electromagnetic compatibility certificates of compliance, according to SABS guidelines.
Telkom launched "pre-emptive strike" — serves "narrow and selfish commercial interests"
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) tore into Telkom on Wednesday after the network operator filed papers in the Pretoria High Court to once again block the auctioning of...
Telkom launches legal strike against spectrum auction
Telkom has filed High Court papers to block the Independent Communication Authority of South Africa (Icasa) from going through with an auction of sought-after radio frequency spectrum.
Spectrum is the lifeblood of wireless networks...
New rules for all electronics in South Africa
All electrical and electronic devices in South Africa that do not have radio frequency modules must have valid electromagnetic compatibility certificates recognised by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS).
This comes after the SABS and...
16 years late — Number portability in South Africa must be finished
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has had sixteen years to fully implement number portability, and it still has not happened.
According to the Independent Service Providers’ Association of South...
Telkom slams new spectrum auction
Telkom has expressed misgivings about a new auction process announced by industry regulator Icasa on Friday.
"Telkom notes the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) statement on the publication of the Invitation to Apply (ITA) in respect...
Icasa announces spectrum auction dates
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has issued the final Invitation To Apply (ITA) for the licencing of International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) spectrum, also known as high-demand spectrum.
The deadline to apply for...
South Africa's wireless open access network delayed
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa announced in a media statement on Friday that the licensing of South Africa's wireless open-access network (WOAN) has been delayed.
The WOAN is a controversial proposal that aims to...
Mobile network spectrum auction — Icasa asks for another round of feedback
Icasa has published the second information memorandum for the public consultations on its forthcoming radio frequency spectrum auction.
How much data Vodacom smartphone customers use
The average Vodacom smartphone customer consumes around 2.2GB of data per month, the company's latest interim results have revealed.
Like other mobile networks in South Africa, Vodacom saw data traffic surge during the initial months of the...