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Only a third of South Africa online

The census results released on Tuesday show South Africa has a great deal of work ahead if it is to achieve government’s goal of universal broadband access by 2020. Almost two-thirds (64,8%) of South African households have no access to the Internet. Of the 35,2% that do have Internet access, 46,3% get online using a mobile phone. Only 8.6% of households have access to the Internet at home. Statistics SA released the information as part of the publication of the 2011 census results on Tuesday. It must be borne in mind that the data is at least a year out of date.

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Nedbank still committed to M-Pesa

Nedbank, the financial services partner in Vodacom’s M-Pesa mobile payments initiative, says it is “disappointed” that the service hasn’t taken off as fast as it had hoped for but it remains committed to the venture and will introduce new products and streamlined services soon in an effort to grow the active user base.

Nedbank chief information officer Fred Swanepoel says there are about 1m M-Pesa users in SA, but he says the active user base is “disappointing”.

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Nedbank still committed to M-Pesa

Nedbank, the financial services partner in Vodacom’s M-Pesa mobile payments initiative, says it is “disappointed” that the service hasn’t taken off as fast as it had hoped for but it remains committed to the venture and will introduce new products and streamlined services soon in an effort to grow the active user base.

Nedbank chief information officer Fred Swanepoel says there are about 1m M-Pesa users in SA, but he says the active user base is “disappointing”.

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S.A.: Clash of the SABC titans hots up

SABC group CEO Lulama Mokhobo has taken disciplinary steps against her news chief, Phil Molefe, and is charging him with refusing to accept her authority, the Mail & Guardian has been reliably informed.

At an SABC board meeting this week, Mokhobo discussed the charges she had laid against Molefe, which included her claim that he was demonstrating he would not co-operate with her.

Board members gave Mokhobo the go-ahead to proceed with finalising the issue as soon as possible. The disciplinary hearing is expected to take place as early as next week.

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Telkom wins leave to appeal in Mzanzi case

Fixed-line telecommunications operator Telkom was on Wednesday granted leave to appeal by the high court in Pretoria in a case brought against it by ZTE Mzanzi. A court interdict preventing it from continuing with work on a multibillion-rand project to modernise its access network into homes and businesses has been suspended pending the appeal.

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Wasace super cable appoints contractors and looks for finance

The company behind the planned 40Tbit/s Wasace cable says the African leg of the submarine system will be ready for service in early 2014. And it's coming to SA.
The African leg of a new submarine telecommunications system that will serve markets in the North and South Atlantic will be ready for service in the first quarter of 2014. The cable will offer high-speed global connectivity to SA, Angola and Nigeria.

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South Africa - MVNO Chatting up a storm

John Holdsworth, the businessman who took on the mobile operators over high wholesale call charges and won, has launched a new business that will take advantage of falling prices and faster mobile data networks. He hopes, in the process, to shake up the mobile telecommunications industry in SA.

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An interesting reader comment follows: “I've said it before, and I'll say it again...

To penetrate this market requires access to sports content. In the niche that Top TV seem to be bent on, that means soccer - both PSL and Premier League.

Just because DSTV currently has the exclusive rights should not prevent Top TV from engaging DSTV to negotiate re-distribution on Top TV.

If DSTV refuse, then Top TV can file a complaint with the competition authorities for abuse of dominant position. (Check developments in the UK for new entrants)

This would be a much more effective use of the legal resources, than this nonsense with the porn channel!”

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South Africa: Only half of those who have TopTV decoder subscribe

DStv rival TopTV has sold 360,000 decoders since its launch two years ago, but of these only about half are actively using the service, the company’s chairman and acting CEO, Eddie Mbalo, has revealed.

He tells TechCentral that TopTV, which is owned by On Digital Media (ODM), currently has between 160 000 and 200 000 paying subscribers at any given time.

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South Africa: New pay-TV operators on the way?

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) wants to license new pay-TV operators to compete with incumbent MultiChoice, which owns DStv, and recent entrant On Digital Media, with TopTV, despite little interest shown by other players in launching commercial services following the previous round of licensing several years ago.

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