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The COVID-19 pandemic has “exposed” the degree of SA’s readiness for the fourth industrial revolution, testing telecoms infrastructure’s resilience in supporting the accelerated journey into the digital era. This is according to analysts, who say due to the impact of the pandemic, the spectrum discussion has now shifted from important to critical, and the regulator...

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Egyptian mobile operator Etisalat Misr has agreed to acquire a 2600MHz TDD mobile broadband spectrum licence with 20MHz bandwidth at a cost of USD325 million, it was confirmed by the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA). Last week, two other Egyptian cellcos, Vodafone and Telecom Egypt, issued statements confirming their new allocations of 2600MHz TDD frequencies under ten-year licences, with...

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The Egyptian telecoms regulator has awarded Telecom Egypt, Vodafone Egypt, Orange Egypt and Etisalat Misr new telecom frequencies. The resources, the total cost of which is estimated at $ 1.1 billion, will enable telephone operators to improve the quality of services. Telecom Egypt, Vodafone Egypt, Orange Egypt and Etisalat Misr have obtained new telecom frequency spectra...

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Vodafone Group has announced that its Egyptian unit has been awarded a 40MHz block of 2.6GHz TTD spectrum by the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA). In a press release regarding the matter, the British company confirmed that Vodafone Egypt has been awarded the new frequencies under a ten-year licence, valid through to 2030, for an initial payment...

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Mobile operator Cell C has net debt, excluding leases, on its balance sheet (prior to a planned recapitalisation) of almost R10-billion, but it still wants to participate in South Africa’s upcoming spectrum auction. That’s according to CEO Douglas Craigie Stevenson, who said in an interview with TechCentral on Tuesday following the publication of the company’s interim...

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The South African government says the wholesale open access network (WOAN) will address past imbalances in the country’s telecommunications industry, ITWeb reported. Communications and digital technologies minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams indicated that through the WOAN, the government aims to change the status quo in the industry and empower previously disadvantaged groups. In South Africa, the industry...

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South Africans were cheered this week with three announcements many thought would never come: arrests in relation to state corruption and plans to sell vacant farmland and new Internet spectrum. Four government officials and business people were detained on Wednesday as part of an investigation into a R255-million asbestos audit project awarded by a provincial housing...