South African bookstores; Van Schaik launches MVNO

MVN-X, Van Schaik MVN-X and Van Schaik Bookstores have launched their “student-friendly” MVNO. The Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) forms part of the new Van Schaik Rewards App, and is the the ninth MVNO launched by MVN-X. “Aimed at students studying at tertiary institutions, the app enables them to earn rands as well as benefits

Vodacom’s Internet of Things Platform is Growing as Customers Adopt Solutions

Vodacom, Internet of Things Vodacom informed investors on Wednesday that its Internet of Things (IoT) customers increased by 29.3% to 2.8 million in the third quarter to end-December 2016. The customers of Vodacom Business, an enterprise division of Vodafone-owned Vodacom, continues to adopt IoT solutions. PREMIUM CONTENT: Please Login, or subscribe for access. Interested in

South Africa’s latest MVNO with its own Social Messaging System

South Africa, MVNO South Africa is about to get yet another virtual network operator from a rather unlikely source. Nope, it’s not a retailer, an Austrian beverage company, or even a bank. Instead, it’s Malawi-born church leader, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, who’s entering the market with his own, eponymous network. The alternatively-titled Prophet Shepherd Bushiri (PSB)

Why Naspers could dominate the African MVNO space

Naspers Frost & Sullivan recently highlighted the top technology trend predictions for 2017, among them the need for the adoption of content intensive strategies among mobile network operators (MNOs). This view is based on the assumption that OTT services will continue to negatively impact the average revenue per use (ARPU) of MNOs across the continent

Cell C pushing to be first with new service offerings

Cell C Cell C said it remains focussed on providing customers with innovative and affordable products and will strive to be the first with new service offerings. Cell C had a strong year and was the first mobile network operator in Africa to launch Wi-Fi calling for the iPhone. The company is also the only

South African bookstore Van Schaik announces Student MVNO

Van Schaik, Student, MVNO Academic bookstore Van Schaik has become the latest company to announce plans to launch a mobile virtual network operator in South Africa. Academic bookstore Van Schaik has become the latest company to announce plans to launch a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in South Africa. The new virtual operator, which piggybacks

Entrepreneur: Washirika Holdings’ Romeo Kumalo

Washirika Holdings, Romeo Kumalo Entrepreneur Romeo Kumalo says more competition in the tech sector may be a solution to the high price of data in SA. Kumalo, the former Vodacom executive and a supporter of the #DataMustFall movement, has plans to introduce his own mobile virtual network operator — much like Virgin Mobile and FNB

MTN South Africa evaluating the MVNO market

MTN South Africa, MVNO ITWeb reports that MTN South Africa is reportedly eyeing partnerships with mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in the country, an area Cell C currently monopolises. MTN Business GM of partnerships Johannes Kanis told ITWeb the operator was already in discussions with a few MVNOs. MTN South Africa CEO Mteto Nyati would

PSB Network, a new MVNO to provide religious experience

PBS Network, MVNO A new mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), PSB Network is being launched by a Southern African church network. PSB Network is backed by Prophet Shepherd Bushiri (PSB) Ministries, which has a core target market of around two million members within South Africa and its neighbours. “In order to service our community in

Why it is legal for FNB to SIM-lock its smartphones

FNB, SIM-Lock FNB is not breaking any laws by locking its branded phones to its network. “Is that even legal?” is a question frequently asked when people discover FNB has SIM-locked its new ConeXis phones. SIM-locking refers to limiting the networks a device will run on. In the case of the FNB ConeXis X1 smartphone,

Romeo Kumalo behind ‘massive’ new South Africa MVNO

South Africa, MVNO Former top Vodacom executive Romeo Kumalo plans to launch a mobile virtual network operator in South Africa. By Duncan McLeod. Former top Vodacom executive Romeo Kumalo plans to launch a mobile virtual network operator in South Africa. The former CEO of Vodacom’s international operations is, however, tight-lipped about what the MVNO will

FNB launches own-branded smartphones

First National Bank First National Bank is stepping up its foray into the mobile telecommunications industry, launching its own-branded smartphones, the ConeXis X1 and ConeXis A1. First National Bank is stepping up its foray into the mobile telecommunications industry, launching its own-branded smartphones. The low-cost but “high-quality” ConeXis X1 and A1 phones will be available

South Africa Spectrum licences could herald new telecoms era

South Africa Spectrum licences THE radio frequency spectrum licensing process could see the entry of new investors in the lucrative telecommunications industry. These could be in the form of mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) and black companies buying interests in existing telecoms companies. The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) has invited companies to apply

Standard Bank rules out MVNO

Standard Bank, MVNO source TechCentral Standard Bank has no plans, at least for the foreseeable future, to launch a mobile virtual network operator. Standard Bank has no plans, at least for the foreseeable future, to launch a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). The banking group’s chief executive for personal and business banking Peter Schlebusch said

South Africa MNO, Cell C hits 1 Million + MVNO Subscribers

South Africa, MNO, Cell C, MVNO The Cell C’s platform connects clients of Virgin Mobile, Mr Price Mobile and me&you mobile. SA MNO, Cell C’s mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) platform, which has enabled company’s such as FNB Connect to connect its customers, announced on Monday that it has has brought in over one million

Introducing MVNO Customer Experience Innovations to the African market

MVNO, Africa Where Social Media meets Mobile: I-New Unified Mobile Solutions, leading and multiple industry awarded MVNO/E Solution provider, will introduce its Customer Experience Innovations at the 2016 MVNOs Africa Industry Summit. I-New Unified Mobile Solutions is one of the fastest growing technology solutions provider in the worldwide mobile communication industry. To conveniently open the

MVN-X MVNO customers to gain WiFi offload

MVNOs, WiFi offload MVN-X has announced that its customers can now gain automatic WiFi access at over 2 500 hotspots to complement their existing GSM voice and data services. MVN-X is the first niche network enabler in South Africa to partner with WiFi provider Always On to make this service available. PREMIUM CONTENT: Please Login,

BRIEF: FNB launches free WhatsApp on FNB Connect

FNB Connect WhatsApp South Africa’s FNB has announced that its FNB Connect subscribers are able to use WhatsApp free since 1 May. This will run as a promotion on the mobile virtual network operator until 31 July. During this period, customers will be able to use WhatsApp without incurring data charges. Customers are not required