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…

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…

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…

BokSel capitalises on linguistic advantage

BokSel MVNO South Africa’s first Afrikaans-only mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) has launched. BokSel is aimed at mobile users who prefer communication in Afrikaans. The new mobile network hopes to entice around 100 000 users. BokSel is the brainchild of Rennert van Rensburg, the man behind Afrikaans radio station Bok Radio. “There is a gap…

BokSel: South Africa’s new Afrikaans-only mobile network

BokSel MVNO Bok Radio has launched a virtual mobile network, with services advertised exclusively in Afrikaans. Bok Radio, a Cape Town-based Afrikaans radio station, has launched a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) called BokSel. Its website and services are offered exclusively in Afrikaans. “BokSel in an independent MVNO that manages its own product offerings, logistics,…

FNB’s cell phone network now offers LTE; bank has activated 200 000 SIMs

FNB Financial institution First National Bank (FNB) activated its LTE service on its mobile network on Tuesday without much fanfare. The move comes after the bank launched its own mobile network, FNB Connect, in June last year. FNB Connect is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that rides on Cell C’s network. Since launch, FNB…

LTE SWITCHED ON FOR FNB CONNECT CUSTOMERS

LTE FNB CONNECT While our biggest mobile networks have been delivering LTE connectivity to their customers for some time now, the country’s Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) have been a little behind the curve when it’s come to delivering LTE services. FNB Connect has set out to rectify that, by switching on its LTE capabilities.…

Cell C in legal fight with BEE partner

Cell C A LARGE empowerment shareholder at debt-laden cellular services group Cell C is looking to disrupt a much-needed recapitalisation exercise initiated by JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms. CellSAf, which holds an effective 25% stake in Cell C, has filed an application in the Gauteng High Court to liquidate 3C Telecommunications, the holding company for Cell…

Vodacom and MTN declare war on consumers with WhatsApp regulation: Cell C

OTT Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos has shared his views on the possible regulation of WhatsApp in South Africa. Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos has shared his views on the possible regulation of WhatsApp in South Africa. The column below is a direct reproduction of a statement written by Dos Santos. MTN and…

Blue Label keeps profit rising while eyeing a stake in Cell C

DISTRIBUTION group Blue Label expects headline earnings per share for the six months to November to increase by 8.55c to 51.28c, boosted by, among other things, an enhanced bouquet of products. Basic earnings per share would rise by 8.56c to 51.35c, it said in a trading statement issued on Friday. The company attributed the increase…

Orange doesn’t plan to buy Cell C

French telecoms giant Orange is expanding its South African presence with the launch of an Internet service provider in the next few months, but has yet to make a foray into the mobile space. Orange is present in SA through Orange Horizons, which launched in January 2013, to act as the company’s presence in countries…

FNB CONNECT NOW HAS OVER 100 000 SUBSCRIBERS

Five months after launching its FNB Connect mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), FNB has announced that the service now has over 100 000 active users. FNB was the first bank to launch an MVNO on the 15th June, issuing branded SIM cards to customers who had already signed up for the cellular service. FNB Connect…

Cell C widens the virtual network

CELL C could add another mobile virtual network operator to its network early next year, CEO Jose dos Santos told Business Day last week. All such South African network operators piggyback on Cell C’s network to offer mobile data and voice services. In recent months, mrpmobile, FNB Connect, me&you and SmartMobile entered the market. They…

Get up, stand up … now mobilise for your rights

SOUTH African mobile contract customers have had a raw deal lately. Vodacom, MTN and Cell C unexpectedly and in quick succession hiked their rates, a move the National Consumer Commission and the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) are now investigating. Frustrations with poor service, network issues and contract lock-in are mounting and analysts believe…

Virgin Mobile SA targeting 1m subscribers by 2017

Virgin Mobile South Africa, the country’s first mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), has announced that it is aiming to hit the one million subscriber mark within the next three years, BusinessTech reports. Virgin SA CEO Anton Landman was also cited as saying: ‘The management team’s focus is on target segments and niche areas of the…

Best and worst prepaid mobile data prices in South Africa

source .mybroadband.com Many Internet service providers have started offering mobile data in addition to ADSL accounts – here are the best prepaid and month-to-month data deals available. Over the past two years many new players, including Internet service providers and mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), entered the mobile data market. In the ISP market, users…

To Make Accounts Stickier, African Bank Offers Cellphone Service

As U.S. bankers fear losing the primary relationships with their customers to technologically nimble outsiders, a South African bank is showing how financial institutions could conceivably return the favor. First National Bank, the republic’s third-largest bank by assets, began offering cellphone service to its direct-deposit accountholders last month. Customers who buy the bank-branded SIM cards…