Technology

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.

01 July 2008

After years of seemingly little happening in the South African telecommunications space, 2008 has proved to be a rather exciting year. Telkom finally faces genuine competition as Neotel begins to roll out consumer services, MTN is rolling out services in the Middle East, Cell C has turned a profit and Vodacom has promised to deliver "ultra-low-cost handsets".

On the regulatory side, there has been a legal challenge to the issuing of licences under the Electronic Communications Act (ECA), as well as a promise from the Communications Minister that local loop unbundling will take shape within four years. There has also been a great deal of discussion around large potential mergers and acquisitions within the telecoms sector.

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