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Vodacom pilots fixed LTE-A service, holds roaming talks with Rain

Vodacom South Africa says its exploring opportunities in the fixed LTE-A sector, reports Mybroadband. The operator says it is currently trialling the proposition to gauge consumer interest and use before deploying fixed LTE-A services nationally, dependant on consumer interest. Vodacom launched two fixed LTE-A packages in October, offering the first 1,000 users to sign up “50GB + 50GB” or “100GB…

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Kirusa Introduces New ReachMe Calling Feature Into InstaVoice

Kirusa, a global leader in communication solutions over data networks for consumers and enterprises, today announced that it has further strengthened its offerings on the InstaVoice platform, with the introduction of its ReachMe feature, allowing users to receive GSM calls in a mobile app, over data. Using ReachMe, users can receive their GSM calls for free while roaming. The ReachMe…

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COMESA agrees deal to abolish phone roaming charges

Members of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) have agreed to abolish telephone roaming charges in the bloc, reports Business Daily. The bloc said in a final report that although pricing of voice services in many African countries was becoming competitive and comparable with the rest of the world, the cost of broadband continued to be out…

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CRASA invites proposals for roaming cost model

CRASA, the Communications Regulators’ Association of  Southern Africa, has invited proposals for the development of a roaming cost model for the Southern African Development Community (SADC). READ MORE: South Africa’s mobile data prices to be cut down… “soon” Companies interested in the contract have to submit their proposals by 30 November 2017. They can obtain the RFP documents can from…

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Vodacom’s Network Is The Market Leader – Latest Speedtest Data From Ookla

Vodacom has entrenched its network leadership position in South Africa yet again. According to Q3 performance data from Speedtest® by Ookla®, Vodacom has the “Best Network” and “Best 4G Network” among all major mobile network providers across the country. From a regional point of view, Vodacom won all regional “Best Network” claims with the exception of KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape…

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BCX launches SpliceWorks start-up network for technology entrepreneurs

ICT solutions firm, BCX, has announced an online business enablement platform called Spliceworks, allowing tech entrepreneurs to find the help they need to turn innovations into businesses.BCX has launched an online platform called SpliceWorks to connect technology entrepreneurs with potential business partners, reports IT-Online BCX called SpliceWorks “a place that turns big ideas into businesses”. It described it as a golf course,…

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Cell C launches discounted roaming rates for 58 countries

Cell C has reduced international roaming rates for 99 networks in 58 countries, effective from 13 September 2017. The provider will charge a standard fee of R10 per minute for making and receiving calls, R10 per MB of data, and R2.99 per SMS on certain networks in the listed countries. The only exclusions to the standard fee are: Emtel Mauritius,…

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Reduced roaming fees tops SADC’s agenda

Internet connectivity for all, bridging the digital divide, creating a knowledge-based economy and moving towards a SADC free of roaming fees, are what topped this week’s SADC ICT Ministers meeting here. The meeting focused on how the region could be part of the fourth industrial revolution which looks at transforming economies via technology and the cyber space as opposed to…

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African countries are looking for new roaming regulation

Exorbitant international roaming charges have been a hot topic for years, and looking at what users pay to roam, it is easy to see why. While local out-of-bundle rates peak at R2 per MB, international roaming rates often exceed R200 per MB – around R200,000 per GB. The European Union has already put regulations in place to make roaming more…

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South Africa’s mobile data prices to be cut down… “soon”

Do you find yourself spending a huge amount of your money on data? Well, you may be in luck as Telecoms minister Siyabonga Cwele announced that South Africans will soon be paying less for mobile data. That is if you consider twelve months from now soon enough. “We have spoken to the minister of economic development as well as the Competition…

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