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By PYMNTS Posted on February 5, 2020 After a significant partnership last year that expanded its business, Vodacom Group Chief Executive Shameel Joosub announced on Tuesday (Feb. 4) that the company will collaborate with Liquid Telecom to bring 5G mobile services to South Africa. Starting this year, the two companies will offer customers joint 5G mobile services. Mobile consumers...
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The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) has forged ahead with plans to speed up the local roll-out of 5G infrastructure despite Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams’ earlier hesitation. The public has until the end of January to make its input on the document. Have your say and help shape this policy. Click on the link below.  
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  Rain is partly owned by Patrice Motsepe, Paul Harris and Michael Jordaan. Investors African Rainbow Capital (ARC) is owned by Motsepe. According to ARC: -Mobile operator Rain will significantly expand its infrastructure in 2020. -By the end of November 2019 Rain had rolled out 250 5G towers. -Rain aims to roll out 700 5G towers...
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(Photo caption: Giovanni Chiarelli, CTIO MTN South Africa and Nicolas Blixell, VP, Ericsson Middle East and Africa, at the contract signing.) https://www.ericsson.com/en/press-releases/2019/11/mtn-south-africa-selects-ericsson-for-commercial-5g-core-and-radio?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social_organic&utm_campaign=bnew_bdgs_global_5g_core_ran_20191114&utm_content=news Related: Earlier this week, MTN South Africa and Huawei carried out a 5G trial during the AfricaCom event, South African press reported. The demo runs on test spectrum in the 3.5GHz band, which is...
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South Africa is under attack Staff Writer 28 October 2019 South Africa is facing one of the largest cyber attacks it has ever seen, with banks, ISPs, and the government being targeted. Note by EMFSA: if this is what is happening in the pre 5G era – what will happen when 5G is in full swing?
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  Image source: https://mybroadband.co.za The National Nuclear Regulator has warned that South Africa must urgently start to monitor the levels of radioactive radon gas in local homes to protect its citizens. Radon is a radioactive gas that forms naturally when uranium, thorium, or radium – which are radioactive metals – break down in rocks, soil, and groundwater. In South...
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  According to the Star Times Nigeria on twitter: “Please note that the ongoing 5G signal test in South Africa has been seriously influencing our satellite transmission in the C band frequency. According to the investigation and confirmation of ICASA (Independent Communications Authority of South Africa), the 5G signal test sites are in short distance,...
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  Source: Rain’s big plans to expand its 5G network Jamie McKane 7 October 2019 https://mybroadband.co.za/news/cellular/322452-rains-big-plans-to-expand-its-5g-network.html Rain CEO Willem Roos: “Currently Rain has 3,200 4G sites, and we have 250 5G sites.  By the end of 2020, Rain plans to have 5,000 4G sites and 700 5G sites in South Africa. Our initial 5G network of 250...
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Akinwale Goodluck, head of Sub-Saharan Africa at GSMA. Image credit: www.itweb.co.za Africa and Europe are headed for a clash later this month when the parties converge in Egypt for the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC). The conference will review, and, if necessary, revise the radio regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio frequency spectrum and the...
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Source: https://mybroadband.co.za/news/cellular/314627-bad-news-for-5g-in-south-africa.html Communication Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has released the policy on high demand spectrum and policy direction on the licensing of a wireless open-access network (WOAN). The policy document punts the benefits and the need for the open-access wireless network for South Africa to increase competition and benefit consumers. While there is a strong focus on...
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