iBurst sale to Multisource gets green light

MickeyD

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Multisource

Founded in 1947, Multisource is a long standing South African, Global Convergence Technology Company, which provides fully integrated, end-to-end solutions, products and services. Multisource has provided practical solutions across the continent for more than half a century. Our products and solutions are deployed in 47 countries within Africa, backed by our extensive partner network providing support and logistics. Our solutions suite cater to some of the most respected corporate, government, police and military forces on the continent.

1947??? What services were they providing back then? Telegrams?
 

IainSmith

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Originally it was (what is now basic) electronic devices (like door bells) and intercoms.
Owned by Eric Moll and family, they migrated to radio around the time of CB radio.
Multisource were the General Electric agents in South Africa for CB and Two-Way Radio back then.
The company was called Executive Communications, and at one stage, were the largest radio paging operator in the country, with branches in Jhb, Vaal, Pretoria, Cape Town, PE, and Durban (called Quickvoice).
Execom was also the first commercial company in South Africa to have a full Class C block of IP addresses (obtained from the US Government, before Afrinic etc) and connected via what was then Uninet, which was subsequently termed "the internet".
Along with the paging operation, they were radio telephone interconnect operators, with localised systems in each of the main centers, as well as a radio network which ran from Durban to Johannesburg, labeled Highway 66, which then became Highway Communications.
With the advent of Cellular technologies, these radio and paging systems became (for the most part) redundant. Over the years, they have progressed with technology and are now poised to compete with the larger networks.
Yes, spectrum played a large part in the acquisition, but not the only part.
One will have to just wait a little while before you see where the company is heading.
 

Ockie

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Now... How did they manage to get ICASA approval so quickly?
indeed. maybe cause neither of these two companies are a real threat to the other networks on their own, this is considered pro competition if they are to work as one. /shrug
 

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indeed. maybe cause neither of these two companies are a real threat to the other networks on their own, this is considered pro competition if they are to work as one. /shrug
It is indeed. One isn't currently offering a similar service and the one that is has an abysmal service. Vodacom wants to cannibalise another operator for its own gain leaving them with one less operator to compete against and in a stronger position against its other competitors. The same for Telkom buying Cell C. I am against both deals.
 

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Multisource

Founded in 1947, Multisource is a long standing South African, Global Convergence Technology Company, which provides fully integrated, end-to-end solutions, products and services.
This profile do not match consumer market profile of iBurst (or portion of it). I am pleased that ICASA is protecting consumer market, so the assigned LTE spectrum will be used in consumer marketspace, not a corporate end-to-end solutions.
 
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