Don't blame Vodacom and MTN for Government's failures

wingnut771

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I think this is MTN/Vodacom sponsored article.
A sane person will know that mtn and vodacom are excessively overcharging especially the poor. In Sandton and places like it have access to cheap broadband internet. The people who come here and defend mtn and voda are mostly from those areas.
not defending vc/mtn but dissing cc for being stupid. government should instead be making environment easier to do business like sorting out digital dividend and not trying to control everything and let free market decide.
 

RazedInBlack

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Lol! Who wrote this drivel?

It is easy to forget that the only reason most people in South Africa have access to telecommunications services in the first place is thanks to Vodacom and MTN.
It is also easy to forget that Vodacom and MTN pay billions in tax each year, supporting the poor and helping them to put food on the table.
:ROFL:
 

whatwhat

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lol.
What a joke article, merely here for clickbait and getting people foaming at the mouth to post in the forum.
 

richjdavies

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not new, used to be iburst, who was sitting on a lot of spectrum, main reason why vodacom are sharing their network.
You beat me to it.

All the players bought spectrum a LONG time ago... Some have sweated that asset well, some have not.

I have sympathy for the Governments plan to take away unused spectrum... Once it actually DOES IT.
The uncertainty caused by coming up with policies stops investment, they need to implement them.
 

davecreative

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Vodacom and MTN had the choice of ripping their customers off or not, they chose to exploit everyone, not just the poor. Mybroadband has lost a lot of credibility today, at the very least fire the Staff Writer! Since when is an opinion piece anonymous? That reads like a PR fluff piece from one of Vodacom or MTN
 

wingnut771

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You beat me to it.

All the players bought spectrum a LONG time ago... Some have sweated that asset well, some have not.

I have sympathy for the Governments plan to take away unused spectrum... Once it actually DOES IT.
The uncertainty caused by coming up with policies stops investment, they need to implement them.
yeah, sitting on unused spectrum is uncool, another government failure.
 

krycor

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not defending vc/mtn but dissing cc for being stupid. government should instead be making environment easier to do business like sorting out digital dividend and not trying to control everything and let free market decide.
That’s what’s happen for 30yrs.. how’s that working out for you?
 

wingnut771

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That’s what’s happen for 30yrs.. how’s that working out for you?
i've decided that voting is a waste of time and will rather go to the beach.

the less chairs in parliament the better, useless bunch, bloody oxygen thieves the lot of them.
 

Emjay

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Vodacom and MTN had the choice of ripping their customers off or not, they chose to exploit everyone, not just the poor. Mybroadband has lost a lot of credibility today, at the very least fire the Staff Writer! Since when is an opinion piece anonymous? That reads like a PR fluff piece from one of Vodacom or MTN
"Fire that person because they are not parroting what I want".

:thumbsup:

And, btw, maybe you should take note of this:

This is an opinion piece.
 

richjdavies

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*rolls eyes*
When they use the same graphs and metrics as last year and as articles that ARE marked appropriately, then I think its a safe assumption.

Ps - the more recent very similar article uses the argument of GNI... Which is just weird... By that argument you should compare SAs data cost with other middle income countries not "Afrika"
 

mak2000

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This article must have been sponsored by MTN & Vodacom. Lately a lot of articles from MyBB supporting the "Big Coprporations" and lost its activist roots. Time to move on from MyBB.
 

Emjay

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This article must have been sponsored by MTN & Vodacom. Lately a lot of articles from MyBB supporting the "Big Coprporations" and lost its activist roots. Time to move on from MyBB.
Then what is stopping you? I was a very young teenager when I was as an activist on this site. Broadband was really expensive back then. I have watched the market grow, seen the technological developments in this country, and the current sentiment is not justified.
 

noxibox

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this "If the government and the Competition Commission are serious about driving down the price of data, the way forward is simple – hand out spectrum, make it easier to roll out networks, and ensure a competitive market. "
And another status quo will develop. Part of the job of government is to force businesses to compete with each other. Only the deluded think that businesses want to compete with each other for money.
 

Nivs

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I disagree with this article. Kindly explain why Vodacom charges R30 per gig of data in Mozambique (a neighboring country), but charges South Africans R115 for a gig of data?
 
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