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Content posted in March 2020
Telkom SA to cut IP Connect pricing
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom has come to an agreement with the SA Competition Commission to address concerns over IP Connect pricing and reducing the digital divide.
Cell C narrows loss, but loses customers
  • Paula Gilbert
South African telecom operator Cell C managed to reduce net losses in 2019 and is seeing some success from a turnaround strategy introduced from March 2019 onwards.
COVID-19 to slow East African smartphone shipments
  • Paula Gilbert
East Africa can expect a slowdown in its smartphone market over the coming quarters as the global COVID-19 outbreak continues to severely impact economies and supply chains worldwide, according to IDC.
Telkom job cuts to cost $90M
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom's plan to shed around 3,000 jobs is going to cost the telecoms operator about R1.5 billion (US$90 million) and will have a negative impact on its earnings for the 2020 financial year.
SA tech stock bloodbath
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's tech and telecoms stocks plummeted on Thursday as worries over the spread of the coronavirus caused massive equity sell-offs.
Vodacom to slash SA data prices by 30%
  • Paula Gilbert
Vodacom has promised to reduce its data bundle prices by between 30% and 40% and is launching a range of other free data services for South Africans.
Telkom selling 53 properties in SA
  • Paula Gilbert
The operator is auctioning off 53 properties in South Africa as it moves forward with plans to modernize its network and improve efficiency.


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