Vodacom vs MTN vs Telkom vs Cell C — biggest mobile network battle

By Hanno Labuschagne – 8 January 2023

Four major mobile networks are battling it out for their place in the South African market — Vodacom, MTN, Telkom, and Cell C.

According to their latest available results, these four networks had over 112 million active SIMs in the country.

Maru Towers – The company bringing connectivity to the masses

Maru Towers is a telecommunications company that builds communications infrastructure sites across South Africa.

Cell C lenders vote to take 80% loss on their debt to save company

Cell C’s secured lenders, who formerly held publicly listed bonds or notes, have voted in favour of a compromise cash-out offer of 20c for every R1 of debt.

The mobile operator said this marks a critical milestone in its financial restructuring and recapitalisation.

South African neighbourhoods with the fastest broadband speeds

New research by Analytico reveals that Fairland in Randburg has the highest average mobile broadband speed while Wilro Park in Roodepoort has the highest fixed broadband speed.

Vumacam announces big Jo’burg expansion drive

By  24 June 2022

A week after announcing plans for an aggressive expansion in Ekurhuleni on Gauteng’s East Rand, Vumacam has unveiled a R60-million plan to densify its Johannesburg coverage and to work with partners to fight the growing scourge of crime in the city.

5G subscriptions to top one billion in 2022

 By    21 June 2022

Swedish telecommunications equipment maker Ericsson said on Tuesday it expects global 5G mobile subscriptions to surpass a billion in 2022, helped by higher adoption in China and North America.

What Icasa’s spectrum auction means for SA companies

By Rob Lith13 June 2022

The spectrum made available recently by communications regulator was long overdue and is needed to unleash the promise of 5G. While industries already have clear strategies on how to leverage the increased access to 5G to benefit their customers and end users, many may be wondering what the spectrum allocation means to them..

Maru Tower News

It gives us great pleasure to announce that William-John Turner has joined the Maru Towers team, as Head of Business Development.

With over 22 years’ experience in the Telecommunications industry, William has held senior positions at Cell C (MNO), Siemens Telecommunications, Brolaz, American Tower Corporation, Eaton Towers and Vodacom (MNO), specialising in Property Management and Tower Site Infrastructure.

Welcome to #teamMaruTowers William. We look forward to an exiting year of growth as we grow both our site and customer base. #Williamjohnturner #tumelomailula #marutowers #vodacom #mtn #cellc #telkom #liquidintelligenttechnologies #towers

18 January 2022

By Duncan McLeod1 February 2022

VodaPay and other financial services offerings are playing an increasingly important role in Vodacom Group’s growth story, a trading update for the third quarter to 31 December 2021 shows.

The update, published on Tuesday before markets opened in Johannesburg, reveals that financial services revenue in the quarter rose by 12.5% to R2-billion, handily outpacing service revenue growth (voice and data, mainly) of 5.3%.

Sustained demand

Revenue in the third quarter was up 6.4% driven by a sustained demand for connectivity and the growth of new services, including financial and digital services, the Internet of things and fixed lines, Joosub said.

“Our service revenue growth of 4.4% on a normalised basis was in line with the group’s medium-term target and supported by a resilient performance in South Africa on the back of sustained investment into technology and our network to further enhance customer experience.”

Vodacom invested R2.3-billion in its network in South Africa in the three-month period. It now serves 45.7 million customers in South Africa, an increase of 3.3% year on year. – © 2022 NewsCentral Media

by Myles Illidge 1 February 2022


Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook) has announced that it will be winding down its programme to provide low-cost Internet in developing countries.

The Express Wi-Fi Programme was in operation for more than five years and offered a low-cost Internet connectivity solution in developing nations through partnerships with mobile network operators and businesses.

Staff Writer1 February 2022

Many South African tech shares started the year in the red, following the trend set by mega-cap tech stocks in the United States.

The share prices of large technology companies like Netflix, Tesla, and Amazon were hard hit last month.

This decline, which many analysts see as a long-overdue correction, came after the Federal Reserve hinted that the central bank would act to slow inflation.

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 27, 2022– American Tower Corporation (NYSE: AMT) announced today that the press announcement of its fourth quarter and full year 2021 results is scheduled to be released to the news services at 7:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, February 24, 2022. In addition, the Company has scheduled a conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET on February 24, 2022 to discuss its results.