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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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With its announcement on Tuesday, Vodacom became the first major mobile communications operator to agree to lower its data prices. Now all eyes are on MTN South Africa and Telkom, which have failed to reach an agreement with the competition watchdog within the specified deadline. More than two years after the Competition Commission launched its investigation...

Telkom South Africa has asked the Competition Commission and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to investigate the proposed roaming deal between Vodacom and Liquid Telecom, reports Mybroadband. Vodacom said that its roaming agreement with Liquid Telecom will allow it to launch 5G services in 2020. Liquid Telecom said in January that it...

Telkom is complaining that Vodacom and MTN’s first-mover advantage has made it impossible for other mobile operators to “play in this space”. Speaking to CNBC Africa, Telkom group executive of regulatory affairs Siyabonga Mahlangu said other operators are prevented from monetizing their spectrum effectively. “At this point, the two incumbents, because of their first-mover advantage,...

In a policy paper published this week, national treasury devoted considerable space to the telecommunications sector and the role it could play in getting South Africa’s economy onto a stronger growth footing. Though many of the proposals make sense, including fast-tracking the auctioning off of broadband spectrum, an anachronism stuck out: treasury wants communications regulator Icasa to implement...