The past week saw many significant developments, including the launch of the R260 Raspberry Pi PC, the release of Windows 8 beta for download, The Pirate Bay moving from torrents and magnet links, and 8ta extending their 2GB for R149 prepaid promotion.
Other big news included Vodacom Business’ plans to roll out their own fibre network to provide FTTx and FTTH services, the triple cable break in the Indian Ocean and MTN’s prolonged BlackBerry problems.
The communications minister Dina Pule’s apparent fight over keeping her Mercedes 4×4 instead of using the department’s BMW 750i at a time when there are more pressing issues to attend to also did not go down well with consumers.
The big story was that the lower mobile termination rates (aka interconnect rates) kicked in this week, which resulted in voice price cuts from Neotel. Unfortunately Telkom and the mobile operators did not follow Neotel’s example.
The mobile operators, which were net recipients of high interconnect fees, could be excused for not dropping prices as lower interconnect fees meant lower profits for them.
Loser of the week: Telkom
Telkom will save millions through lower mobile termination rates, and just like Neotel they can easily pass the savings on to their subscribers. Telkom’s decision not to drop their call rates to mobile phones makes them the loser of the week.
Winner of the week: Neotel
Neotel’s decision to continue with the trend of passing on wholesale termination rate savings onto their subscribers (and hence not simply pocketing this money) makes them the winner of the week.