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Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded operator Telkom South Africa in line with the country’s recent sovereign rating downgrade. Telkom said that Moody’s had downgraded its rating to Ba1 from Baa3 with a negative outlook. This follows Moody’s recent decision to downgrade the South African sovereign rating. Telkom’s rating is linked to the sovereign one because...

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Telecoms regulator ICASA recently published its ICT COVID-19 National Disaster Regulations, which give guidelines on the temporary assignment of spectrum. This spectrum will be released for the duration of the national state of disaster and is expected to ease network congestion. It should also enable operators to maintain the quality of broadband services and lower...

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Africa Data Centres, the pan-African network of interconnected, carrier-and cloud-neutral datacentres, intends to acquire the datacentre belonging to Standard Bank, located in Samrand, north of Johannesburg, South Africa. The datacentre firm issued a statement which describes the Standard Bank facility as a Tier IV datacentre “to provide maximum levels of security and reliability for banking...

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Cell C has appointed Simo Mkhize as its new chief commercial officer (CCO) effective from 1 April 2020. Mkhize has worked in the telecommunications industry across a variety of organisations in South Africa, other African countries, and Europe. “His career of 23 years in the Telecoms industry, which includes about 5 years at Cell C...

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Telkom and the Competition Commission have reached an agreement over concerns the regulatory watchdog had over its wholesale IP Connect product, which Internet service providers purchase to service their end users. Telkom is introducing what it calls an “aggregated wholesale solution” that will “remove concerns” over the current IP Connect offering provided by the operator’s wholesale...

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Communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said on Wednesday that communications regulator Icasa will make additional radio frequency spectrum available to operators to ensure networks can cope with increased demand during the lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. “One envisages a situation where there will be too much traffic on the network,” the minister said at an inter-ministerial...