General Nyanda moves in

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The general moves in

Many questioned the appointment of former SANDF General Siphiwe Nyanda when he was announced as SA's new communications minister
 

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I like to check the news before going to bed (on MyBB) 'cause usually all the uncapped offerings are released 'round about now:D

Anyway, enough OT :p.

I don't like how this guy has no communications experience. Same goes for all ministers. I'd feel more comfortable if they had experience in their respective fields. They don't have to be experts- for example, I'd prefer a nurse as the health minister and a teacher as the education minister instead of life long politicians. I sometimes feel ministers (inexperienced in their field) are a bit out of touch.

But this guy seems to be on the right track. Hopefully he continues with more of the same :)
 

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I wonder what next the good general will be up to in the world of communications.
 

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I'm waiting to see what he does with the other factors that keep prices high incl fixed line stuff before singing his praises.
 

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Cell C launched a new package named “Easy chat all day”, which stands at a R1.50 set rate, no matter when you make the call or which network you are calling.

Small error in the article. Easy Chat All Day has pretty much been available forever, what has changed is that the rate has reduced from R2 per minute to R1.50 per minute. Yeeha!
 

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The conventional wisdom is that incumbents Deny, Delay, Degrade - there is no fourth "D" for Deliver.

In most markets, players who are forced to offer wholesale access services (anything from interconnection to local loop unbundling) typically deny and delay as long as possible - we know all about that. Then, when it becomes unavoidable, they don't Debate, they simply Degrade the service, so that their competitor's customers are worse off than their own. This is not only very effective, but also very difficult for a regulator to detect or prove.

Telkom has been using this textbook for a number of years - they learnt most of it from their former masters, SBC. Vodacom and MTN are only just learning how to exercise their Significant Market Power now, so they're not quite as good at it yet.
 
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Nyanda did not disappoint.

I beg to differ...

As I see it, the one who ACTUALLY started this ball rolling was Patricia de Lille, and if she didn't cause a major scene, I doubt anything would have happened by now.

Great, there's been an interconnect reduction - but 25c?? That's just not good enough, and it seems that Nyanda didn't have the say, but that the operators basically told him how it's going to be.

I'm not impressed, but I guess future actions will show if there is indeed a sizeable pair resting on the seats of his new BMWs. So far... not so much.
 

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I beg to differ...

As I see it, the one who ACTUALLY started this ball rolling was Patricia de Lille, and if she didn't cause a major scene, I doubt anything would have happened by now.

Great, there's been an interconnect reduction - but 25c?? That's just not good enough, and it seems that Nyanda didn't have the say, but that the operators basically told him how it's going to be.

I'm not impressed, but I guess future actions will show if there is indeed a sizeable pair resting on the seats of his new BMWs. So far... not so much.

Couldn't agree more.
 

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Not that I'm a big fan, but why does Patricia de Lille get so little mention (credit)?

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‘However, the operators finally succumbed to pressure and agreed to introduce new and affordable retail products based on these reduced rates from 1 December 2009,' says Ms De Lille, who launched the campaign to reduce the rates just three and a half months ago.
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Link

Edit: Sorry, didn't see Devo-sa's post. :(
 
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Small error in the article. Easy Chat All Day has pretty much been available forever, what has changed is that the rate has reduced from R2 per minute to R1.50 per minute. Yeeha!

Which is only a 25% reduction - I wish someone could let me know how the so called 47% reduction is calculated.:(
 
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