The last mile or the final straw?
Big issues in the whole telecoms debate in South Africa are local loop unbundling, carrier pre-select and co-location. What gives?
Sea change for telecoms
South African telecoms seems to be in a permanent state of flux. The landing of Seacom and other cables and new providers entering the market all signify dramatic change. But is this all it’s made out to be?
Retail prices will not plummet
Despite what the mainstream media says, it’s unlikely that there will be a sudden drop in mobile call prices, even if the operators reach an agreement on interconnection.
It’s still about keeping Cell C out
A lower interconnection rate will have several ramifications, as the financials clearly reveal.
It’s only just begun
Seacom will make a change, but there is still a lot more that needs doing before the telecoms sector can be considered competitive.
Icasa’s god complex
The notion of regulating competitiveness betrays a fundamental failure to grasp what market competition is, and a pathological god complex.
Telkom looks set to go it alone in the local cellular market, but prepare for some complexity.
It`s a duopoly!
In a classic case of stating the obvious, the Competition Commission says there`s no competition in the local telecoms space.
When traditional telco giants ruled the contact centre world, not many companies would run a software-based open-standard communications system on a Windows platform. The next thing we heard, the traditional PBX was dead.
Cables: it's all coming together
For once, government pulls it together and realises the folly of doubling up on cable projects.
Time running out for WiMax
The window of opportunity appears to be closing before WiMax Technology has stated its business case. Is there still a future for this hyped communications solutions?
Icasa still dragging its heels
While the smaller players await licence conversions, the big players have the market to themselves.
Dawn of telecoms reality
Could 2008 be the year that South Africa's telecoms sector fulfils its potential? Brainstorm takes a look at the key issues that have arisen in the first six months of the year.