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In an effort to rally South Africans to download and use the COVID-19 Alert app, MTN has zero-rated its use and will also give customers 1GB of free data for an hour after download as a reward for their efforts in fighting the pandemic. The COVID Alert SA app, which...
MTN has been named South Africa's best mobile network by the 2020 Mobile Network Quality Report. The report is based on 1.2 million speed tests which were performed by 41,000 MyBroadband Speed Test App users across South Africa between 1 January and 31 December 2020. The research shows that South...
Mobile phones are no longer a luxury, even in the geographies that were once underserved in terms of technology. The proliferation of mobile phones across diverse avenues has led to a transformation that was inconceivable, a few years ago. Mobile phones- the new normal for Africa In Africa, the mobile phone...
Ericsson has joined Hexa-X - the 6G flagship research project that brings together a strong consortium of major ICT, industry and academic stakeholders. The project will begin on 1 January 2021, with a focus on developing the vision for future 6G systems and developing key technology enablers to connect human,...
Mobile data traffic in Sub-Saharan Africa is estimated to grow by almost 6.5 times the current figures, with total traffic increasing from 0.87EB per month in 2020 to 5.6EB by 2026. Meanwhile, the average traffic per smartphone is expected to reach 8.9GB over the forecast period - this according to the...
Vodacom has announced its plans to roll-out the widest 5G network in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Its 5G network is currently available on 156 live 5G sites across the KwaZulu-Natal province and supports both mobile and fixed wireless access services. To launch the 5G network in KZN, Vodacom used the temporary spectrum...
It’s safe to say that high points during the COVID-19 pandemic have been few and far between. South Africans were, however, met with at least one welcome development earlier this year with the launch of the country’s first 5G which supports both commercial mobile and fixed wireless 5G services. Although...
Telkom Consumer and YahClick have signed an agreement which enables individual and business consumers to make "high-quality" voice calls and access broadband data packages from anywhere in South Africa using only a satellite connection. For Phase 1, Telkom will commence with migrating a number of identified consumer customers first and...
SEACOM has appointed Oliver Fortuin as its new CEO - effective 4 January 2021. He will succeed Byron Clatterbuck, who joined the ICT company in 2012 as its Chief Commercial Officer and became SEACOM Group CEO in February 2015. Fortuin, who is currently the Group Chief Enterprise Officer at MTN,...
MTN South Africa has officially launched new voice and data Combo Bundles that include monthly, weekly and daily options. Here's a closer look at the deals: Monthly bundles range from 500MB + 30min for R49 (comprising 200MB Anytime, 200MB Night, 100MB Video and 30 all-Net minutes) to 90GB + 800min for...
MTN will be launching the 5G-enabled version of the Apple iPhone 12 in South Africa - making it the only network authorised to enable 5G on the new iPhone 12, from December 2020, into early 2021.   “MTN is honoured to be the only mobile network in SA enabled to support...
Nigerian Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu revealed that the government is now "more determined to put additional satellites in the orbit to enhance the realization of its developmental agenda for space technology" - reports The Vanguard. At the recent Space Dialogue and National Media Conference 2020, Onu said...
Telkom has revealed that its customers will now be able to pay for Apple content and services - like App Store apps, Apple Music, Apple TV+, movies on the Apple TV app, Apple Arcade, and iCloud storage - via carrier billing, directly from their mobile phone account. The service will...
Telkom has officially launched a mobile payment solution called Telkom Pay Digital Wallet (or Telkom Pay). The platform is expected to allow users to pay others and get paid themselves using their mobile phone through the WhatsApp messaging app; to anyone on their contacts list. It also serves as a...
MTN has introduced its newly improved eSIM solution - capable of supporting a number of Apple and Samsung devices. “The digital journey of MTN customers takes another leap forward with the addition of embedded SIM (eSIM) connections on selected smartphones this month and the inclusion of eSIM connections for selected...
TMCEL has partnered with Ericsson in a five-year deal which aims to expand and modernize its network and digital services ecosystem in Mozambique. This collaboration will see the telco adopt Ericsson's Business Support Systems (BSS) and Mobile Money software innovations, features and services. As a result of the agreement, TMCEL...