MTN denies targeting restrained Vodacom employees

MTN South Africa has denied it using an agreement with a company called Tuum Communications as a “guise” to hire restrained employees away from rival Vodacom. Original Link

Telkom customers won’t get to roam on Rain

Telkom customers will not be able to roam onto Rain’s network as part of the newly announced roaming agreement between Telkom and Vodacom. Original Link

MTN breakthrough in Nigeria said to be imminent [updated]

MTN Group is close to securing a deal with Nigeria’s central bank over an order to repay $8.1-billion it is alleged to have illegally taken out of the country, according to a person familiar with the matter. Original Link

Why Telkom’s new roaming deal is a game changer

Telkom announced on Wednesday that it has concluded a new roaming agreement with Vodacom that will allow its customers access to the latter’s 4G/LTE network with no restrictions. Original Link

MTN’s Nigeria feud a risk to SA’s financial system: Reserve Bank

MTN Group’s fight with Nigerian authorities over $10-billion in repatriated funds and back taxes could increase risk in South Africa’s financial system depending on the outcome, the Reserve Bank said. Original Link

Telkom to switch from MTN to Vodacom for roaming

Telkom mobile users will in future roam on Vodacom’s network, not MTN’s, after the two cellular operators concluded a new, multibillion-rand roaming deal on Wednesday. Original Link

Cell C MVNOs to roam on MTN

Mobile virtual network operators that piggyback on Cell C’s network will also get to take advantage of the cellular provider’s 4G/LTE roaming agreement with MTN South Africa. Original Link

MTN South Africa is losing customers

MTN Group’s financial update for the quarter ending 30 September 2018 shows that its South African operation is losing clients. Original Link

Telkom takes steps to implement new Icasa regulations

A month before communications regulator Icasa is due in court to defend itself against legal action over its new data-expiry rules, Telkom has begun to implement the regulations. Original Link

It’s official: Standard Bank is launching an MVNO

Standard Bank has finally confirmed one of the telecommunications industry’s worst-kept secrets: it will launch a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), becoming the second major bank in South Africa to do so. Original Link

Icasa messed up in not blocking Vodacom, Rain deal: Cell C

Communications regulator Icasa failed in its regulatory duty when it allowed Vodacom and Rain to enter into a national roaming agreement, Cell C told the Competition Commission on Thursday. Original Link

‘Enduring’ mobile duopoly has harmed consumers: Telkom CEO

Regulators should lend more support to smaller mobile operators to help them break the dominance of Vodacom and MTN, Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko told the Competition Commission on Thursday. Original Link

Our prices will tumble when we get more spectrum: MTN

MTN South Africa’s data prices will tumble when it gets access to new radio frequency spectrum, CEO Godfrey Motsa told the Competition Commission in Pretoria on Thursday. Original Link

SA ranked with war zones in spectrum allocation: MTN

Of the 21 countries in which MTN operates, its South African operation has the least spectrum assigned to it outside countries that face conflict situations. Original Link

Social, streaming bundles are just the ticket

Mobile operators have begun distinguishing between different kinds of traffic and providing differentiated data bundles for streaming and social media services. Original Link

Nigeria’s central bank to meet with MTN: sources

Nigeria’s central bank governor will meet with MTN Group and four banks to negotiate a dispute over $8.1-billion the bank says was transferred illegally out of the country, sources said. Original Link

Analysis shows impact of MTN pulling plug on free Twitter

The end of MTN’s free Twitter promotion may have led to a huge reduction in the volume of tweets by the users of that service, but it doesn’t seem to have had a significant effect on the volume of activity on the social network in South Africa. Original Link

Nigeria hints at resolution to MTN dispute

MTN Group and its bankers have provided more documents that may reduce Nigeria’s US$8.1-billion claim on the carrier, which could be resolved soon, the Central Bank of Nigeria said on Sunday. Original Link

MTN shares dive 10% on new Nigeria woes

A report on Thursday evening that Nigeria is playing hardball with MTN Group sent the wireless carrier’s shares tumbling more than 10% shortly after markets opened in Johannesburg on Friday. Original Link

Nigeria plays hardball with MTN in court

Nigeria’s central bank said MTN Group should not be given an injunction that would stop the wireless carrier from having to transfer $8.1-billion back to the West African country. Original Link

Interview: EOH CEO Stephen Van Coller

In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews newly appointed EOH Holdings CEO Stephen van Coller on the group’s disappointing 2018 financial results and how he plans to turn the situation around. Original Link

EOH to use cash injection for deals, debt reduction

Stephen Van Coller, EOH Holdings’ new CEO, said he will use a R1-billion cash injection from a stake sale to black investors to pay for acquisitions and decrease the group’s bank debt. Original Link

MTN talks of scrapping Nigeria IPO

MTN Group, facing a combined $10-billion in claims from Nigerian authorities, has said it may no longer seek to raise capital through an initial public offering on the country’s stock exchange. Original Link

Government’s spectrum licensing plans revealed

The CSIR’s report on how much spectrum the agency believes should be assigned to government’s planned wholesale open-access network has finally been released. Original Link

Bank decision shows Nigeria attack on MTN fizzling

After coming out all guns blazing, Nigeria’s central bank has surrendered more ground in its tussle with MTN Group by giving a reprieve to one of the banks accused of illegally moving $8.1-billion out of the country. Original Link

Standard Bank withdraws MTN Nigeria-related cautionary

Standard Bank Group has withdrawn a cautionary announcement to shareholders related to demands placed on it by Nigeria’s central bank over the alleged illegal repatriation of $8.1-billion in funds by MTN Group. Original Link

TalkCentral: Ep 235 – ‘MultiChoice 2.0’

On TalkCentral this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg unpacks Naspers’s decision to unbundle MultiChoice to shareholders and list it on the JSE. What does this mean for the future of the pay-television operator? Original Link

‘No longer feasible’: MTN pulls plug on free Twitter

MTN South Africa is pulling the plug on its popular zero-rated Twitter offering, saying it is no longer feasible to offer the service without charging for data use. Original Link

Government to direct Icasa to license broadband spectrum

Telecommunications & postal services minister Siyabonga Cwele will issue a policy direction to communications regulator Icasa to license “high-demand” broadband spectrum soon. Original Link

MTN shares surge on positive Nigeria news

MTN Group’s shares rose the most in more than six months after the Nigerian central bank softened its stance over claims that the carrier illegally transferred $8.1-billion out of the country. Original Link

Nigeria softens stance on MTN, seeks end to dispute

Nigeria wants to end a dispute with MTN Group over a claim that the carrier illegally transferred $8.1-billion out of the country, an indication relations between the two parties have started to thaw. Original Link

Cast off by Naspers, MultiChoice plots its own path

Discarded by its globe-trotting parent Naspers after more than three decades, African pay-television heavyweight MultiChoice Group is facing an uncertain future. Original Link

MTN is now mulling a listing in Uganda

MTN Group may list its Ugandan unit following government pressure on Africa’s biggest wireless carrier by subscribers to increase local ownership in the East African country. Original Link

Mcebisi Jonas being considered for chair of MTN board

MTN Group is considering a replacement for long-time chairman Phuthuma Nhleko, with former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas lined up as his possible successor. Original Link

Interview: Fernando Borjón on Mexico’s Woan and lessons for SA

Mexico is often held up by the South African government as an example of a successful wholesale open-access network. But how successful has Mexico’s Woan – known as Red Compartida – been? Fernando Borjón of Mexico’s Promtel provides some insight. Original Link

MTN launches voice over LTE

MTN South Africa has launched voice over LTE, also known as VoLTE, to customers with certain supported devices. Previously, calls were only carried on the operator’s 2G and 3G infrastructure. Original Link

Nigerian authorities have overreached: MTN

The Nigerian attorney-general’s office exceeded its powers when it demanded MTN Group pay about $2-billion in back taxes, Africa’s largest wireless operator has said. Original Link

South Africa ready to help MTN, minister suggests

Telecoms minister Siyabonga Cwele has strongly suggested that the South African government stands ready to intervene on MTN Group’s behalf over the more than $10-billion in demands placed on the telecommunications provider by Nigeria. Original Link

Nigerian regulator wants amicable relations with MTN

Nigeria’s telecommunications regulator will strive to keep relations amicable between the government and MTN Group as the two parties negotiate $10-billion of claims against Africa’s largest wireless operator. Original Link

MTN seeks urgent legal relief in Nigeria

MTN Group is taking Nigeria’s central bank and attorney-general to court over a dispute that has crashed the market value of the Johannesburg-headquartered telecommunications group. Original Link

Vodacom is SA’s speed king, OpenSignal finds

Vodacom has extended its lead at the top of OpenSignal’s latest awards table, winning six out of seven categories and scoring highly in regional speed and latency categories. Original Link

MTN sucked into Nigerian political vortex

MTN Group has become a battleground issue for Nigerian politicians vying for ascendancy ahead of a national election in February, with $10-billion worth of claims made against the South African wireless carrier. Original Link

MTN’s Nigeria nightmare deepens

Nigeria is seeking about $2-billion in back taxes from MTN Group, another curve ball directed at Africa’s biggest wireless carrier that’s come to light less than a week after it was ordered to refund $8.1-billion in “illegally” repatriated funds. Original Link

MTN collects R4.5-billion in Cyprus sale

Johannesburg-listed telecommunications group MTN said on Tuesday that is has concluded the sale of its subsidiary in Cyprus to Monaco Telecom, and has collected €262-million in cash from the transaction. Original Link

Stop regulating the past, Telkom CEO urges Icasa

Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko has urged policymakers to “anticipate what the problems will be in 2025” and to look at regulation holistically instead of dealing with each on a standalone basis. Original Link

MTN vows to stay in Nigeria, despite troubles

MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter said the company is committed to Nigeria even as it considers how to respond to an order to return $8.1-billion in repatriated funds. Original Link

MTN got Nigerian approval to repatriate funds last year

MTN Group and four lenders won approval from Nigeria’s central bank to repatriate funds in a ruling last year, indicating Africa’s largest wireless operator is at least now complying with regulations it’s accused of flouting prior to 2015. Original Link

TalkCentral: Ep 233 – ‘Gather round’

On the podcast this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about former communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda’s startling claims about why he was fired by Jacob Zuma, plus more on Apple’s upcoming keynote. Original Link

MTN might get naira refund – if it coughs up R119-billion

MTN Group may receive a naira-denominated refund if Africa’s biggest wireless carrier returns the $8.1-billion that Nigeria says was illegally taken out of the country. Original Link

Nigeria situation complicates listing plans: MTN CEO

MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter has warned that developments in Nigeria have complicated its plans for an initial public offering in the West African nation. Original Link

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