Telkom-BCX deal gets thumbs up from shareholders

Business Connexion (BCX) shareholders voted in favour of a merger deal with Telkom on Monday (11 August).

Telkom announced in May 2013 that it had entered into an agreement to acquire the listed ICT group in a R2.7 billion cash offer funded from its own cash resources.

Source: MyBroadband

MTN cuts off WBS, iBurst

MTN South Africa terminated services to iBurst parent Wireless Business Solutions for non-payment

MTN South Africa has terminated services to Wireless Business Solutions (WBS)/iBurst for non-payment on 6 June 2014.

MTN said that while there was no binding agreement between the parties, it continued to transmit and terminate SMS messages originating from WBS/iBurst on MTN’s network.

However, MTN said that WBS/iBurst refused to pay MTN for such services, and as a result MTN terminated services to WBS/iBurst.

Source: MyBroadband

Neotel usage-based WAN in South Africa

Neotel announced in a press statement on Thursday (21 November 2013) that it was launching an enterprise usage-based wide area network (WAN) service in South Africa.

“We are excited to be the first service provider to make available this capability to customers in South Africa,” Abid Qadiri, chief of business solutions and excellence at Neotel was quoted as saying.

According to Neotel, its usage-based WAN service is an enhancement to the Neotel flagship NeoOne service portfolio.

Source: MyBroadband

MWEB explains uncapped ADSL abuse following ASA ruling

MWEB said that a recent Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruling shows that there is nothing misleading about its uncapped ADSL advertising, and that it is simply enforcing a policy to stop abuse that would prejudice other customers.

The ASA dismissed complaints regarding Mweb’s uncapped ADSL advertising, which argued that the ads are misleading because the ISP is monitoring use and terminating connections based on the volumes of data consumed.

Source: MyBroadband

Vodacom chairman linked to new e-commerce start-up

Vodacom Group chairman, Peter Moyo is one of the executives behind a new online venture in South Africa,, which sells assorted products at heavily discounted prices.

South African born Paul Greenberg, Chief Executive of the Australian National Online Retailers Association and founder of DealersDirect Group – Australia’s largest online retailer – has partnered with black empowerment group Amabubesi Holdings to launch the innovative

Source: MyBroadband

Vodacom’s Neotel Acquisition Plans “progressing well”

Vodacom is currently performing due diligence on Neotel following successful acquisition discussions between the companies. This is according to two independent industry sources close to the negotiations.

In May 2013 MyBroadband reported that Vodacom and MTN were in separate discussions with Neotel to acquire the fixed line operator.

The Sunday Times reported on 30 June 2013 that formal bids for the purchase of Neotel had to be submitted that week.

Source: MyBroadband

South Africa: Telkom Competition Commission settlement confirmed

Telkom welcomed the formal confirmation it received today (18 July 2013) from the Competition Tribunal regarding the settlement agreement reached between it and the Competition Commission on 14 June 2013.

This agreement has been made an order of the Competition Tribunal, Telkom said in a press statement.

“I think this has been an incredible agreement reached by both parties,” Norman Manoim, the Competition Tribunal Chairperson is quoted as saying.

Source: MyBroadband

South Africa: Screamer case gets postponed

The ongoing case between the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) and Screamer Telecom, set to be heard today (26 June 2012) has been postponed to 11 September 2013, sources say.

The case against Screamer, a provider of corporate wireless broadband Internet connectivity solutions, revolves around alleged unlawful use of state-owned signal distributor Sentech’s 2.6GHz band of spectrum, which resulted in the confiscation of Screamer equipment.

The case has been ongoing since 2011.

Source: MyBroadband

ANC website attack: Afrihost responds

The official ANC website ( was taken down on14 June 2013 through a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack by Anonymous Africa for being “one of the biggest enablers of the mass murdering Mugabe”.

The ANC website is hosted on a dedicated server on Afrihost’s network, managed by Unwembi Communications.

Afrihost CEO Gian Visser confirmed that the ANC website came under attack at 10:00, and was still under attack at the time of publication.

Source: MyBroadband

Orange wants to take on MTN, Vodacom, Cell C and Telkom Mobile

Orange Horizons CEO, Sébastien Crozier says that French based global operator Orange wants to be virtual mobile operator (MVNO) in South Africa. This is the clearest statement yet of the group’s ambitions as a serious player in the mobile space in South Africa.

South Africa already has a MVNO, in Virgin Mobile South Africa, which has only 500,000 customers and operates with limited success.

On Thursday (13 June) Orange announced a partnership with Nashua Mobile, to open its first retail outlets in SA outside of its current operator footprint.

Source: MyBroadband
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