RocketNet and Vuma Partner to boost internet access in SA

20 September 2022

South African fibre internet provider RocketNet signed a partnership agreement with broadband provider Vumatel (Vuma) to reduce costs and improve internet access in the country.

In a statement, the two companies say they are offering free installations and providing service activation for households that are not yet connected to fibre. It is understood the bundle will save customers an upfront fee of R3,000 (US$173).

According to RocketNet, close collaboration between telecom partners is needed to accelerate the affordability and adoption of internet access for South African citizens, as it has become critical to the economy. According to DataReportal, South Africa had 41.19 million internet users as of January 2022, a penetration rate of 68.2%. That means 19.21 million South Africans were not connected to the internet at the beginning of 2022.

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Africell reaches five million subscribers in Angola after five months of operations

20 September 2022

Africell, the first fully foreign-owned telecom operator licensed to provide mobile services in Angola, has secured five million subscribers five months after launching commercial operations in the country.

At least half a million are active data subscribers, using the internet for social networking, e-commerce, transportation services, food delivery services, music and video streaming, among other things.

Africell officially started its commercial activities in the Angolan telecom market April 7, joining Angola Telecom, Unitel and Movicel. The commercial launch comes 14 months after the American group was awarded Angola's fourth unified telecommunications license. The licence was awarded as part of a national reform program initiated by the government to welcome more competition and innovation in key sectors of the economy, including telecommunications.

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South Africa lays out a roadmap for shutting down its 2G and 3G networks by 2025

20 September 2022

The South African government has put in place a roadmap to shut down the country's second generation (2G) and third generation (3G) mobile networks by March 2025, according to a plan contained in the Department of Communications' draft Next Generation Radio Spectrum Policy.

It suggests that by June 2023, licensing of 2G devices would be prohibited, while a ban on new connections or activation of 2G devices would follow in December, with a shutdown of 2G services and networks expected in the first half of 2024. A similar process for 3G would begin in the second half of 2024 and end in March 2025.

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Vodacom blames revenue losses on mobile money tax

20 September 2022

Vodacom Tanzania said the government-imposed tax on mobile money transactions has impacted its revenue for the financial year ended March 2022.

In its latest annual report, the company said it recorded total revenue of Sh956.5bn (US$410.1m) on its various services. This figure represents a 1% decrease from the Sh966m earned in 2021.

According to Thomas Mihayo, the chairman of the board of directors, "this tax has significantly increased the cost of mobile transactions for customers, leading to more than 1.3 million people immediately opting out of our M-Pesa services". In addition to the impact on financial inclusion, the tax has had a negative impact on the company's estimated revenue of Sh103.8bn.

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