South Africa: Telkom moving into mobile space

source: Fin24
Nov 24 2009 17:31
Simon Dingle

Johannesburg – Telecommunications group Telkom is planning to spend up to R6bn to launch mobile operations in SA, which include rolling out its own network and establishing a roaming agreement with either Vodacom or MTN.

CEO Reuben September said on Tuesday the money will be spent over the next five years, using GSM technology (an ageing framework used for voice and basic data connectivity by cellular networks), along with newer data standards to ensure compatibility with other networks.

“Our approach to the market as a fourth entrant has always been based on a self-built component in certain areas where we want to capture traffic, and on roaming in other areas,” he said. “We’ve gone out to MTN and Vodacom, being the primary national backbone mobile operators, and we’re in negotiations at the moment. I’m happy with [continue reading]

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