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MTN begins SA LTE pilot

BusinessDay reports that South African operator MTN is to begin trialling LTE technology in “selected Gauteng areas,” as it prepares for a commercial launch “within three years.”

Telkom SA eyes 2014 mobile profit

South African operator Telkom expects its fledgling mobile business to turn EBITDA positive by 2014, according to Reuters.

SA healthcare market at a critical juncture GSMA

LIVE FROM GSMA-mHA MOBILE HEALTH SUMMIT: The South African healthcare market is at a “critical juncture,” with profound inequalities between public and private healthcare, an escalation of costs, and critical shortages of healthcare professionals, according to a market study published by the GSMA.

South Africa keen to retain Vodacom stake

Reuters reports that the government of South Africa will not dispose of its 13 percent stake in Vodacom, because of its importance to the nation’s fiscal position.

Mobile impacts Telkom SA profits

South African fixed line incumbent Telkom issued a trading update for the year to 31 March 2011, noting that its profit will be impacted by a ZAR1.1 billion (US$162 million) operating loss relating to the start-up of its mobile business, 8ta.

South Africa: Mahala banking platform to be launched

(The Paypers) South African organizations, namely the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship and FORUS Financial Transaction Services, are reportedly planning to…Read more:

Aconite brings NFC to South African transport system

British firm Aconite has said it is working to bring contactless payments to South African public transport, to allow commuters to use near field communication (NFC) enabled phones to pay fares. The smart card and…Read more:

MTN and Vodacom cleared of collusion charge

South African publication ITWeb reports that MTN and Vodacom, the country’s two biggest operators, have been cleared of colluding on interconnection rates, to the detriment of smaller rival Cell C

South Africa: FNB rolls out ATM cash withdrawals via mobile phones

(The Paypers) South Africa-based financial institution First National Bank (FNB) has launched a cash withdrawal service available via its Cellphone Banking…Read more: