Tag: Telecom Policy

Mobile Operators and Blue Gum Trees

I see in the press yesterday that Safaricom have won an innovation award for their MPesa service from a UN agency. “The Habitat Business Award for sustainable urbanization, which is organized by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), aims...

/ 28 July 2009

Why WiFi in Africa?

Imagine an alternative history.  Imagine that in 1995, when Microsoft launched their walled-garden MSN service, which they fully expected would, for all intents and purposes, put the Internet out of business, imagine that they succeeded. So today when you connected...

/ 9 January 2009

Another small victory for common sense

Here in South Africa, Justice Norman Davis has denied Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburi’s request to appeal the Altech ruling. This once again opens the doors to competition in the telecoms sector in South Africa.  The Minister can still appeal to the...

/ 31 October 2008

SA Telecoms Cool Wall

Inspired by Rudoph Van Den Burg’s riff on Jeremy Clarkson’s TopGear Cool Wall I thought a Cool Wall for the South African telecommunications and Internet community might be fun to do. For those who haven’t seen it, the TopGear Cool...

/ 2 September 2008

Telecoms in South Africa: Apres moi, le deluge

In a landmark decision today, the High Court of South Africa ruled that everyone in possession of a Value Added Network Service (VANS) license was entitled to “self-provide”.  What this means is that every Internet Service Provider (ISP) in South...

/ 29 August 2008