How to save mobile data on Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, and Telkom

While mobile networks are continually improving their coverage and performance, mobile data is still expensive relative to other broadband options. Reducing data prices has become a high priority for network operators and the government, and ICASA has implemented regulations to reduce out-of-bundle charges. Smartphone owners are using more mobile data than ever before, however. MyBroadband therefore spoke to Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, and Telkom about how customers could get the

Family comes first, for Vodacom Bulls fans and players

As he stands on the lush green grass of Loftus Versfeld, Warrick Gelant considers what it means to be part of the Vodacom Bulls family. “I was raised by my mother and while I didn’t have any father and son experiences, I’m grateful for the support I’ve always received from my mother. That family bond is what we’re looking for as a team. We know that’s what we need to

732,000 reasons to smile

As the best rugby players in the Southern Hemisphere did battle during Vodacom Super Rugby, the teams representing South African rugby knew they had an extra incentive to cross the whitewash. They were playing for smiles. Not only were they playing for the smiles on the faces of the fans, they were also playing for the beautiful, life-changing smiles that are made possible by the Smile Foundation. Through the Vodacom

Telkom and Cell C will not survive unless they merge – Analyst

Cell C and Telkom Mobile face tremendous challenges in South Africa and will not survive unless they merge. This is according to Wayne McCurrie from FNB Wealth and Investments, who said that scale is needed to survive in an increasingly-difficult mobile telecoms market. Speaking to Business Day TV, McCurrie said the golden age of the mobile telecoms industry is over – and only the strong will now survive. “A decade

Vodacom launches strategy to fix fibre problems before customers complain

Vodacom fibre subscribers recently complained they were consistently experiencing poor performance on their connections in the evenings. The issues appeared to occur on Vodacom’s residential fibre networks in Gauteng between 18-23 July 2018, and the company said it wasn’t a general problem across its network. “Vodacom can confirm that certain of its Gauteng customers experienced intermittent fibre-based Internet services on 22 July,” it said. “A degraded performance of fibre-based Internet services

Still no court date for new out-of-bundle data rules

The High Court has still not set a date to hear cases brought by Cell C and MTN against ICASA over the implementation deadline for its new data regulations. Cell C approached the High Court in Johannesburg on 7 June 2018 to interdict ICASA from enforcing its amended End-User and Subscriber Services Charter. The new rules were set to kick in the following day. MTN joined Cell C with its

Latest mobile subscriber numbers in South Africa – Vodacom and MTN keep big lead

MTN has released its consolidated financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2018. The company stated that group service revenue was up 10.2%, while its data revenue increased by 26.7%. Subscriber numbers for the group were measured at 223.4 million in the period, with 71.2 million active data users. Subscriber numbers also increased in South Africa, going up 2.2% to 30.2 million Listed companies like Vodacom, MTN, and Telkom are required to release

How the WASP double opt-in system has been improved

Since Vodacom launched its double opt-in system for wireless application service providers in 2011, it has been steadily improved to prevent unscrupulous WASPs from tricking people into signing up for services. Among the more recent improvements is a feature called network-initiated unstructured supplementary service data (NI USSD). The general manager for WASPA, Ilonka Badenhorst, said that NI USSD makes it more difficult for a rogue WASP to circumvent the verification systems

Rain silent on potential roaming partnership with Vodacom

Rain has seen an impressive uptake of its mobile offering, where it sells mobile data at R50 per GB. The popularity of the mobile packages has placed strain on its network, however, and the company has had to make tough decisions to keep its network experience optimal. Rain announced it would suspend the sale of its fixed-LTE products from 1 November 2018 due to capacity constraints on its network. The company said

Rain network tested – and it is beating its main competitors

Rain recently announced it will suspend the sale of its fixed-LTE products due to capacity constraints on its network. The company said the popularity of its mobile products and its strong fixed-LTE sales have put strain on the network. Rain CEO Willem Roos told MyBroadband they are “rapidly utilising the currently-available capacity” on the network. Roos said Rain’s mobile product remains unaffected by the network constraints and that robust demand continues