SA Warned About ‘Mobile Data Crunch’

Experts say South Africa does not have the necessary spectrum to cater for the country's growing appetite for mobile data.

Mortimer Hope, director of Spectrum and Public Policy Africa at the GSMA, Mortimer Hope, has been quoted as saying that, "The number of mobile data users and their average usage are increasing exponentially. Mobile networks will come under increasing strain to meet this demand unless additional spectrum is made available for mobile broadband."

ICASA Announces New Call Rate Regulations

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) announces new call termination rates favouring smaller cellular operators.

In a statement, committee chairperson, Nomvuyiso Batyi says, "The authority has maintained asymmetry for smaller operators and new entrants to facilitate competition in a market that has been determined to be uncompetitive."

Batyi asserts that the asymmetrical rates for cellular operators already in the market are limited to the current regulatory period, which would expire in 2017.

ICASA Reviews Proposed New Call Termination Rates

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) says it has started the process of reviewing its proposed new call termination rates.
ICASA spokesperson, Paseka Malekathe, says in order to do the process in a transparent and fair manner, questionnaires will be sent to every licensee to seek information for the review.
ICASA, which was given six months by the court to amend its regulations, has given the licensees are required to submit responses to ICASA by 13 June 2014.

ICASA Plans to Cut Call Rates

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) proposed a cut of up to 75 percent over the next three years in the fees mobile phone companies can charge competitors to use their network.

ICASA has released its draft call termination regulations, significantly reducing the cellphone rates of some networks.

In addition, ICASA introduced an asymmetric rates system for smaller operators with a market share of less than 20 percent, which is aimed at promoting investment, encouraging competition and fostering small, medium and micro enterprises.

SA Approves “open and shared networks” Proposal

South Africa’s Cabinet approved a proposal backing “open and shared networks” in its attempt to provide all citizens with better access to internet services by 2030.

The policy is intended to increase competition between providers by allowing access to telecommunications infrastructure, the government press service said Sunday in an email.

Cell C Demands Answers on Vodacom-Neotel Deal

Cell C wants to know why Vodacom’s R7bn bid for Neotel was approved by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), and the company is even threatening legal action to try to stop the buyout.

Earlier this month, ICASA approved the Vodacom-Neotel deal on two conditions that reportedly included that the takeover be subject to compliance with local ownership law and adherence to terms regarding the roll-out of broadband infrastructure and services.

ICASA Slammed Over High Call Charges

South African MPs say that communications regulator - the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa- has been failing to perform and allowing mobile service companies to ‘rip off’ the poor.
Members of Parliament's labour and public enterprises select committee were briefed by ICASA on the high cost of broadband and cellphone calls.
According to the African National Congress, MP Livhuhani Mabija, says that the committee has been experiencing "a lot of problems with ICASA.

GSMA Establishes Office in Nairobi to Support Burgeoning African Telecoms Market

Mobile Connections in Sub-Saharan Africa Increase 20 Per Cent to 500 Million in 2013 and Are Expected to Increase by an Additional 50 Per Cent by 2018

The GSMA today announced that it has opened a permanent office in Nairobi, Kenya. The office will be based in the heart of Nairobi’s Innovation Hub (iHub) for the technology community and will enable the GSMA to work even more closely with its members and other industry stakeholders to extend the reach and socio-economic benefits of mobile throughout Africa.

SA Driving African Growth - UN

The United Nations (UN) says that although Africa has made huge strides in increasing human development in the past decade, gains could - with hundreds of millions of people being pushed into extreme poverty - easily be reversed should ‘significant progress’ not be made in halting global warming.

In its 2013 UN Human Development Report titled ‘The Rise of the South’, the UN differentiates between developed countries like the United States, Britain and Germany - as the north - and developing countries like China, Brazil, India and sub-Saharan Africa as the South.

NGOs Urges Malawi to Abandon ‘Spy Machine’

The Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and the Centre for Development of the People (CEDEP) have called on Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) to abandon the implementation of what has become known as the ‘spy machine’.

CHRR and CEDEP point out that, “We add to the voice that from the onset, the machine has been a source of discomfort among telecom operators as well as Malawians who have been left in a guess-work exercise on the government’s real intentions for purchasing the ‘spy machine’.”


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