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MTN responds to Telkom’s auction delay request

As previously reported, South African telco Telkom has asked regulator Icasa to delay its planned spectrum auction, citing anxieties over its ability to fund participation in an auction. The move has prompted Telkom’s rival MTN to complain about the possible delay while another competitor, Vodacom, wants Icasa to come up with a process that considers […]

November 24, 2023By Chris Forrester

South Africa wants to hold onto 2G/3G

South Africa has notified the local telco operators of its intention to end 2G and 3G cellular services by 2025. The operators, including Vodacom, MTN and Telkom, say this could be too soon and have asked for further consultation. The operators say further discussions are needed in order to ensure that consumers will not be […]

September 15, 2022By Chris Forrester

MTN sells 6,000 towers to IHS

South Africa’s IHS Towers will shortly be the nation’s largest operator of cellular and radiocommunications towers. IHS is completing the purchase of MTN’s portfolio of 5,701 towers in a deal valued at Rand 6.4 billion (€383.3m) liabilities of some Rand 4.6 billion. The deal sees IHS take 70 per cent of the eventual combined business […]

June 6, 2022By Chris Forrester

MTN Group, Huawei launch Premium Wi-Fi in Nigeria

MTN Group and Huawei have jointly launched the Premium Wi-Fi service in Nigeria to continuously improve end-users’ experience on the network. The Premium Wi-Fi can play back the historical home Wi-Fi performance in the last seven days. It demarcates faults based on speed tests by segment and diagnoses major issues in just one click to […]

May 18, 2022

Africa research: 26% choose mobile operators’ SVoD apps

In May 2021, Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom launched its own mobile streaming website BAZE with local and regional short videos. In the same year, Nigerian multinational telecoms company Globacom also introduced its Glo TV mobile app offering TV channels and streaming content. Airtel, Globacom, MTN, Orange, Safaricom, Vodacom are all examples of telecommunication companies deciding […]

May 4, 2022

MVN-X hits 1m subs with Cerillion

Cerillion, an innovator in digital monetisation and customer management solutions, has announced that its Convergent Charging System (CCS) has successfully enabled MVN-X to reach one million subscribers across its portfolio of MVNO brands. MVN-X is South Africa’s leading Mobile Virtual Network Enabler (MVNE), providing turnkey services and support to a burgeoning set of brands, including […]

April 6, 2022

ICASA wraps spectrum auction

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has raised 14.4 billion Rand (€875m) in the South Africa spectrum auction. The cash raised, from 6 bidders, goes into the country’s treasury. ICASA said bidders Vodacom, MTN, Rain, Telkom, Cell C and Liquid Telecom had all bid for, and obtained, spectrum licenses. The auction took 58 […]

March 21, 2022By Chris Forrester

ICASA opens spectrum auction

South Africa’s ICASA telecommunications regulator has started its long-planned spectrum auction. The opening moves (the ‘opt-in’ process) started on March 8th with six players involved: Telkom, Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Rain. The second round opens on March 10. Bidders have to attend the ICASA offices in Pretoria in person and at […]

March 9, 2022By Chris Forrester

South Africa: 6 bidders for spectrum

South Africa’s communications regulator ICASA has approved six bidders for next month’s capacity auction. They are Vodacom, MTN, Telkom, Cell C, Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Rain. The invitations to apply and to submit for the auction was issued back in December 2021 with a requirement to firm up their applications by January 31st. However, telco […]

February 23, 2022By Chris Forrester

NENT Group closes €56m bond issue

NENT Group has raised SEK 600 million (€56.4m) by issuing 4-year unsecured bonds to more than 20 Nordic investors. The issue has been made within the framework of NENT Group’s established SEK 4 billion medium term note (MTN) programme, and comprised SEK 600 million of notes with a floating interest rate of STIBOR 3 milion […]

February 21, 2022