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11 South African MVNOs Competing with Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, Telkom

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The South African Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) industry is gaining traction and attracting big players such as Lycamobile and Washirika Holdings with juicy pockets to compete aggressively. A MVNO uses the mobile network infrastructure provided by a mobile network operator like Cell C but offers its...

A Paltry 58,486 South Africans a Month Are Switching Their Mobile Networks

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South African mobile phone customers are very loyal to their service providers such as Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, Telkom, FNB Connect, Virgin Mobile, etc. This is even though customers are always complaining about disappearing airtime and data bundles. Mobile phone users always vent their frustration on...

Don’t Fear Robo-justice. Algorithms Could Help More People Access Legal Advice

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By John Zeleznikow, Victoria University You may have heard that algorithms will take over the world. But how are they operating right now? We take a look in our series on Algorithms at Work. Algorithms have a role to play in supporting but not replacing the...

SA’s Top 10 FinTech Firms to Keep an Eye on

Raphael Grojnowski and Mathieu Coquillon Mama Money co-founders
Don’t be left in the dark with what’s disrupting the financial services industry in South Africa. The FinTech (Financial Technology) sector is experiencing explosive growth in the country. It is revolutionising the financial services landscape and it has created a new marketplace for innovation. It is...

Why Should South Africa’s Telkom List on the JSE its Real Estate Worth Billions?

Telkom has one of South Africa’s biggest real-estate portfolio that started being acquired under the brutal, apartheid state machinery South Africa’s Telkom should just start a process to become a real estate landlord and float its property portfolio on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. This will create...

No benefits for SA Blacks from R32 Billion Mobile Network Infrastructure Build Cake

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South Africa’s big four mobile operators – Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and Telkom – are spending more than R32 billion on network infrastructure upgrade in 2017. The figure is likely to balloon to more than R100 billion if you include fibre network providers such as...

Is Vodacom a ‘breeding ground’ for CEOs in South Africa?

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On the same day former Vodacom executive, Rob Shuter, presented his maiden financial results for his present employer MTN,  Treasury named Vodacom's Vuyani Jarana as the new CEO of South African Airways. Jarana is the latest Vodacom executive to land a plum job at another...

New Kid in Town: Can Kwesé Play Convince S.Africans to Binge-watch TV?

Kwesé Play is now available across South Africa through leading retailers
Every time a new player comes to South Africa to provide video-on-demand (VoD) services there is great fanfare, but with little success so far. The much-vaunted binge-watching is still confined to a few viewers with access to expensive, high-speed broadband. Some of South Africa’s largest companies...

Telkom Plans to Build a Multibillion Business that you Haven’t Heard of

Telkom's wholly owned subsidiaries
Telkom, South Africa’s largest fixed-line telephone group, is moving ahead with the creation of a new entity to complement its new business structure. In April 2017, Telkom formed a wholly owned subsidiary, Gyro, to manage its masts and towers, property development and property management services. However,...

FNB Has Sold Close to 100 000 Own Branded Smartphones

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South Africa’s banking group FNB’s mobile phone business Connect has sold more than 75 500 own branded smartphones to its customers. FNB Connect has sold more than 75 500 own branded FNB smartphone in the past year, Shadrack Palmer, the chief commercial officer at FNB...

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