#DataMustFall Campaign Launched

Former Metro FM DJ Tbo Touch (real name Thabo Molefe) has started a #DataMustFall campaign, calling for network service providers to cut data costs, as they are ‘too expensive’.
Taking to Twitter, Tbo Touch has listed a number of reasons why he thought data should be affordable, saying South Africa was the only country in Africa that had high data costs.
He says the success of his campaign would enable every student to access textbooks online for those who could not afford it, while some would be able to stream lectures.

Neotel Purchase Could be Good for Broadband Access

Subject to regulatory approvals‚ South African communications network operator Neotel could be bought for R6.55-billion.

A statement says, “Liquid Telecom is partnering with Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH)‚ a South African investment group‚ which has committed to take a 30 percent equity stake in Neotel.”

Through a single access point‚ businesses across Africa will be able to access 40 000 kilometres of cross-border‚ metro and access fibre networks and these currently span 12 countries from South Africa to Kenya‚ with further expansion planned.”

​Vodacom’s Fibre Network Passes 25 000 Homes

Mobile network Vodacom has joined South Africa’s fibre broadband land rush as the company says its high-speed network now passes around 25 000 homes in the country.

Vodacom chief executive officer, Shameel Joosub, says the company’s annual financial results briefing that it has invested R500 million in its fibre to the home and business segment.

Joosub states that while Vodacom has rolled out fibre access to around 25 000 homes, the company further has another 190 estates in its pipeline.

​Cell C Launches its LTE-A

South Africa’s third largest mobile network Cell C says it has activated its LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town.

Cell C’s move to launch LTE-A comes after the company is the last among major networks to launch LTE last year in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Rivals Vodacom and MTN launched LTE networks in 2012.

Telkom Plans to Buy Cell C

Telkom has said it is in talks to buy Cell C as it seeks to boost its fledging mobile phone business.

Mybroadband spokesperson, Jan Vermeullen, says Telkom’s plans to buy Cell C will be a good idea as it will gain a very significant mobile phone operator.

Buying Cell C, the third largest mobile telecoms network in Africa, to boost the fixed line operator’s fledging mobile phone business, would give Telkom about 20 million mobile phone users.

Fibre Broadband for the Wealthy Questioned

High installation costs for fibre broadband results in it predominantly being rolled out in wealthier suburban areas, says an expert.

According to Duncan Alfreds, companies such as Telkom and Vumatel have been targeting more upmarket suburbs with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology.

He quotes Kalin Bogatzevski, chief executive officer of 123Net, as saying that, “There are many new fibre players focusing on FTTH opportunities, although the reach and availability is substantially limited – some focus on gated and cluster communities specifically.”

CSIR Wins Public ICT Awards

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) walked away with three major awards at the inaugural Public ICT Awards held on 25 October 2015 at the GovTech conference, Durban International Conference Centre.

Launched by the State Information Technology Agency (SITA), the awards promote innovation in public products, solutions and service delivery.
The CSIR won two awards for its Broadband 4 All project, and one for the Lwazi II project.

Broadband Internet Tops GovTech Agenda

The South African government aims to make broadband Internet connectivity available in all corners of the country within the next five years.
Telecommunications Minister, Siyabonga Cwele, says this is part of the plan to make all government services available on the Internet eventually.
In the coming days at the Government Technology Conference (GovTech) in Durban, the use of open data will be discussed as a way to improve service delivery and boost economic development.

Africa’s Post-2015 Development: The Role of Mobile Phones in Higher Education

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is of the view that education is a central component of the post-2015 development agenda. Education benefits society in many ways, including through reducing poverty levels, improving health and fostering economic development, job creation and higher salaries, as well as improving governance.(2) Considering the benefits, it is important that education is made more accessible than it currently is.

Free Internet for Cell C Subscribers

Subscribers will be able to access online services such as, Facebook, news, health and educational information, through the company’s partnership with Facebook and Internet-dot-org.

The latter is an initiative by Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, to provide affordable Internet access to millions of people in developing countries and it is a partnership between Facebook and six companies to help connect the world.


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