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Huawei is said to plan $2-billion cybersecurity reboot

China’s Huawei is planning to overhaul its global software systems as it tries to avoid a ban in the UK and other European markets, after previous piecemeal fixes failed to assuage national security concerns. Original Link

Telkom said to be mulling second bid for Cell C

Telkom is considering making an offer to buy a majority stake in Cell C that would lead to a combination of South Africa’s third- and fourth-largest mobile phone companies, according to people familiar with the matter. Original Link

Vodacom, EFF issue terse joint statement after store rampage

Vodacom and the Economic Freedom Fighters have issued a terse joint statement after alleged supporters of the radical-left political party were involved in trashing various cellular stores around the country. Original Link

Free data for Cell C clients after ‘unprecedented’ outage

Cell C’s network was down for more than two hours on Saturday after Eskom load shedding caused the air conditioning to fail in a key data centre. Original Link

5G set to be adopted faster than any previous generation

Fifth-generation mobile technology will attract 1.5 billion subscriptions in the next six years, with 5G networks expected to cover more than 40% of the world’s population by December 2024. Original Link

5G set to be adopted faster than any previous generation

Fifth-generation mobile technology will attract 1.5 billion subscriptions in the next six years, with 5G networks expected to cover more than 40% of the world’s population by December 2024. Original Link

Telecoms bill runs into parliamentary hurdle

A successful request to a parliamentary committee, brought by the Democratic Alliance, means the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill will likely no longer be passed in parliament before the 2019 general election. Original Link

Safaricom market share falls

Safaricom’s market share dropped 1.6 percentage points to 65.4% in the three months to June as Bharti Airtel’s Kenyan unit and Telkom Kenya increased mobile phone customers at a faster pace. Original Link

Cwele leaves behind a policy mess at telecoms

New (tele)communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abraham’s first intervention must be dealing with the hugely problematic Electronic Communications Amendment Bill. By Duncan McLeod. Original Link

Global IP traffic to triple in five years: Cisco

A new report by Cisco predicts that more traffic will flow across the Internet in the next five years than in the history of the global interconnected network. Original Link

MTN pillories ‘draconian and irrational’ telecoms bill

Government’s telecommunications bill, if enacted without radical changes, will have a “devastating” effect on the ICT sector, destroying the incentives that have led to almost universal mobile coverage in South Africa. Original Link

‘Intrusive and onerous’: Vodacom slams telecoms bill

Vodacom has rubbished the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill’s wholesale open-access provisions, describing them as “intrusive and onerous”. Original Link

Herman Singh said to be leaving MTN

The group’s chief innovation officer, Herman Singh, is expected to leave to start his own tech venture, sources said, following chief technology officer Babak Fouladi out the door. Original Link

MTN achieves 90% 4G coverage in South Africa

MTN said on Tuesday that it will reach 90% population coverage with 4G/LTE technology in South Africa before the end of the year, outpacing rival Vodacom. Original Link

Telkom beats rivals to implement Icasa data rules

Telkom has become the first mobile operator in South Africa to implement fully communications regulator Icasa’s end-user subscriber service charter, which governs data expiry. Original Link

US allies urged to shun Huawei equipment: report

The US government is reportedly contacting key allies to get them to persuade telecommunications companies in their countries to avoid using equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies. Original Link

SB Mobile: Standard Bank launches its MVNO

Standard Bank has taken the wraps off Standard Bank Mobile, its new virtual mobile network operator, which will piggyback off the Cell C network. Original Link

For Cell C, MVNOs are now big business

While Vodacom and MTN appear to be allergic to mobile virtual network operators, Cell C is proving it’s possible to build a significant business from them. Original Link

Google’s high-flying balloons to provide Internet in Africa

Loon, spun out of the search giant’s X innovation lab in July, is teaming up with Telkom Kenya to build a network of high-flying balloons to connect people in the East African country Original Link

ANC wanted to launch a mobile network: report

The ANC wanted to launch a mobile virtual network operator, or MVNO, ahead of the 2019 general election, but the project has been thrown into disarray because of internecine fighting between those involved. Original Link

Operators given more time to implement data expiry rules

A settlement has been reached by communications regulator Icasa and mobile operators over the implementation of new rules regarding data expiry and rollover. Original Link

Seacom to buy 100% of FibreCo

Seacom said on Wednesday that it has reached an agreement to buy 100% of national open-access fibre provider FibreCo for an undisclosed sum. Original Link

Where Telkom is winning (and where it’s not)

Telkom’s financial results for the six months to end-September are a mixed bag. Headlines are focused on a fixed-line business under immense pressure, and a mobile one that is doing extraordinarily well. Original Link

MTN said to be close to $800-million Nigeria settlement

MTN Group is close to agreeing an $800-million settlement with Nigerian authorities over a claim it illegally transferred $8.1-billion funds out of the country, according to a person familiar with the situation. Original Link

MTN’s $20 ‘smart feature phone’ runs KaiOS. What is that?

South Africa’s MTN Group and France’s Orange announced this week that they will bring “smart feature phones” to Africa costing as little as US$20. The phones will run an operating system called KaiOS – but what is that? Original Link

Telkom’s mobile business is flying – subscribers up 50%

Telkom has grown its mobile subscriber base by a stunning 50% in the past year as its aggressively priced, data-led FreeMe plans gain traction among consumers. Original Link

MTN sees ‘great progress’ in resolving Nigeria woes

MTN Group is making “great progress” with Nigerian authorities in talks about US$10.1-billion in claims, encouraging Africa’s largest wireless carrier that it can settle the long-running dispute out of court. Original Link

Telkom to switch off its 2G network

Telkom could switch off its 2G network in the next 12 months as the number of legacy handsets on its mobile infrastructure dwindles. Original Link

Telkom warns over ‘dangerous’ spectrum auction

Telkom Group CEO Sipho Maseko has warned that data prices might not come down if South Africa chooses an auction as the model for licensing so-called “high-demand” spectrum. Original Link

MTN set to relaunch Mobile Money in South Africa

Two years after pulling the plug on its Mobile Money service in South Africa, MTN Group plans to relaunch the service in South Africa, according to sources close to the matter. Original Link

Cell C customers now roaming on MTN

Cell C said on Tuesday that it has completed the implementation of its roaming agreement with MTN South Africa. Original Link

MTN has best network for video streaming: OpenSignal

MTN South Africa has edged ahead of rival Vodacom in offering the best video streaming experience, according to a new report from OpenSignal. Original Link

MTN mulls share sale in Rwanda

MTN Group’s Rwanda unit is considering a share sale on the country’s stock exchange to help fund planned network upgrades. Original Link

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

Vodacom shares tumble on slower revenue growth

Vodacom Group shares fell after the wireless carrier with the most South African customers reported slower revenue growth in its domestic market, as a sluggish economy hurt consumer spending. 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

Atlas Tower said to be in talks with potential black partners

South African telecommunications tower company Atlas Tower is in talks to bring in partners from the country’s black majority to help it expand at home and enter new markets, according to sources. 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

US finds ‘clear evidence’ cellphone radiation causes tumours in rats

There’s “clear evidence” that male rats exposed to high levels of radio frequency radiation used in mobile phones developed cancerous heart tumours, according to final reports by the US National Toxicology Program. Original Link

Data deficit means we’re in the dark about the digital divide

We simply don’t have the data in developing countries, and in global statistics, to know what the status quo is or whether the digital divide is being closed. Original Link

Why operators will have to wait longer for prime spectrum

A process called “digital restacking” could take up to two years to complete, delaying the allocation of prime radio frequency spectrum to telecommunications operators to 2022. Original Link

Rain open to roaming deal ‘with any operator’

Rain is prepared to discuss roaming arrangements with any operator, and the company’s agreement with Vodacom is non-exclusive, its CEO, Willem Roos, said on Friday. 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

‘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

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