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  • These are MTN’s Black Friday data deals for 2017

    There are so many deals hitting consumers on Black Friday, that it's hard to keep track. (Sidenote: Gearburn's doing an excellent job in this regard). But what if you aren't looking for hardware? What if you're looking for data? MTN will be offering a number of data deals it's calling "Mega Deals" on Black Friday, appealing to those of us who send one too many high-resolution moon moon GIFs. "MTN will be offering all customers on MTN Zone and MTN Muziq price plans, a guaranteed discount of 95%, during the HAPPY HOUR timeslot from 15:00 – 15:59 daily" between 24 and...

  • MTN data services down across South Africa

    MTN's data services are down for scores of users across South Africa's major cities after an "unsuccessful" network upgrade. "MTN undertook an upgrade on a section of its network last night," the company wrote in a tweet Thursday. "The upgrade was unfortunately unsuccessful and has resulted in a data fault on the network serving Randburg and parts of Cape Town. Only the data service is affected, voice systems remain fully functional." According to additional reports from users on Twitter, the network's customers have been experiencing issues since 7am Thursday morning. The company notes that users across Cape Town and Randburg are experiencing issues,...

  • MTN debuts ‘WOW’ voice bundles

    Dropping data prices is oh so trendy for mobile operators right now, but what about voice packages? MTN has announced its new "WOW" voice bundles, which aim to fill the gap for those who prefer calling contacts on their phone, or who still own feature phones. The packages are only applicable when calling another MTN number, but are available in daily, weekly and monthly bundles. Prices range between R3 -- for seven minutes within 24 hours -- and R300 -- which allows for 3000 minutes to be used in a month. That's more than enough for an hour-long conversation every day. "The WOW...

  • MTN Business announces dedicated IoT network

    MTN has today announced a dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) network that it suggests will "enhance security of business-critical information". It quoted two distinct network technologies, namely LoRaWAN and NarrowBand-IoT. LoRaWAN can be viewed as WAN's low-power, low bit-rate cousin. It transfers less data than traditional WAN, but is used to connect devices that usually feature battery-powered sensors. NarrowBand-IoT, or NB-IoT, is typically used for indoor devices, and is allocated a slice of spectrum within the LTE band. MTN's new network will carry full support for both. "e have created a dedicated network that has its own core business support systems and operational...

  • The Weekend Social Trends Report: #MTNIsTrash, the Durban July and more

    We know how much you enjoy living your life beyond the confines of your smartphone screen. But come Monday, you still want to hear about the social media highlights from the weekend, right? Well look no further than South Africa's Weekend Social Trends Report, compiled for you by us, and fuelled by the country's Twitter, Facebook and Instagram community. Edition #1, 1-2 July 2017. Jaden Smith tweets some wisdom on Jay Z's lyrics We've heard plenty said about Jay Z's new album from Twitter's unverified accounts and celebs alike. But one always ready to educate the world one tweet at a time...

  • #SocialMediaBlackOut: South Africa, here’s everything you need to know

    If you were scrolling through your Twitter timeline Monday, you might've noticed the hashtag #SocialMediaBlackOut out the corner of your eye. Don't worry though. It isn't some death knell for Twitter, Facebook and Instagram -- they're probably still function as per normal come Wednesday. But there might be considerably fewer users from South Africa on them if the hashtag's primary narrative is to be believed. What is #SocialMediaBlackOut? The thought of one might strike fear into amateur breakfast photographers, but the content isn't the reason for the campaign. It's largely how South Africans access said content. #SocialMediaBlackOut can be seen as a spinoff...

  • 20+ essential USSD codes to remember for Vodacom, MTN & beyond

    If you're a prepaid user on one of South Africa's mobile phone networks, chances are that you use a USSD code every day. Whenever you check your airtime, load more airtime or request a call from someone who has more airtime than you, you're using a USSD code. Often, you'll remember these as some of the most used codes, but there are a few you might not know exist. Below, we take a look at some of the USSD codes you really should remember, as well as their functions, for the biggest networks in South Africa. Note: we'll be sure to...

  • ‘Vodacom, MTN did nothing to stop number being fraudulently ported’

    A Centurion man says that Vodacom and MTN couldn't stop his phone number from being fraudulently ported. Alasdair Cameron said that his ABSA credit card was "hijacked"and that the criminals needed his number to take full advantage of the compromised card. According to Cameron, ABSA arranged for a new card to be delivered via UTI Couriers after the first one was compromised, and after two weeks, he received a text message on 30 March to say the card had been delivered. "It hadn't. I'd neither signed for it nor laid eyes on it (despite UTI reassuring ABSA that the card had been 'dropped')," he...

  • MTN acquires Nigerian network operator Visafone Communications for undisclosed amount

    With a US$3.9 billion fine -- imposed on it by the Nigerian Communications Commission -- looming in the background, MTN Nigeria has reportedly acquired Nigerian network operator Visafone Communications. News coming out of Nigeria, reported by the Nigeria based publication, Leadership, is that the deal has been completed with the two parties due to make statements to this fact before the end of this week. This move is a firm statement by MTN that even with the US$3.9-billion fine circling above its head it has no intentions of exiting the Nigerian market. Founded in 2007, Visafone Communications is owned...

  • MTN Swaziland partners with Ericsson to offer Ericsson Converged Wallet

    In a new step forward for mobile money, Ericson, the Swedish multinational provider of communication technology and services, has announced that MTN Swaziland has deployed Ericsson Converged Wallet. This will enable the operator to quickly introduce relevant, new and differentiated mobile financial services. Mobile money is big business and it is now though still at its early stages no longer the novelty it was a few years back. The move will see MTN introduce relevant, new and differentiated mobile financial services to more than 275 000 existing MTN Swaziland mobile wallet users and 3,000 agents. The new platform also serves...

  • MTN now lets people send money between Ivory Coast and Benin

    The MTN Group has revealed the launch of a mobile money cross-border payment service between Ivory Coast and Benin, positioning itself in the middle of the mobile money industry that has grown massively in Africa. The service, it says, has been introduced to enable the cheaper and easier movement of money in the West African region, potentially cutting miles that people have to walk to banks. This service is not the first of its kind that MTN has initiated between two countries. Back in April, the mobile giant introduced a similar service between Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso. The success of...

  • MTN’s results a mixed bag: subscribers, data up, revenues down

    MTN Group, Africa's largest mobile operator, reported a growth in quarterly subscribers on Thursday. The increase is not huge by any means but it is still impressive considering that the cellular faced tough competition as well as earlier this year battling stringent new rules in some markets. Of particular worry was the decision by the Nigerian telecommunications regulator to fine the country's three biggest mobile operators, including MTN, for the quality of their service and prohibited them from selling new SIM cards in March. MTN said the growth of subscribers increased by two percent over the three months ending...

  • Don’t burn your wallet: why SA hasn’t reached its mobile, cashless future (yet)

    When it comes to technologies that have failed to deliver on the hype that preceded them, it's pretty difficult to beat mobile money in South Africa. Following the rise of MPesa in Kenya, everyone thought South Africa, with its massive mobile population, would follow suit. While few would have dared to say it at the time, there was a sense of expectation that, within a few years, everyone would have abandoned cash and would be paying for things on their phones. Boy was that wrong. A number of factors hindered the growth of mobile money in the country, including restrictive...

  • MTN lets its subscribers listen to Gareth Cliff on WeChat for free

    The decision by shock jock Gareth Cliff to abandon terrestrial radio for online and WeChat streaming was one of the biggest things to happen to the South African digital space. In a country where free Wi-Fi is still a (relatively) scarce commodity and mobile data rates are pretty expensive, getting the latter right was always going to be a bit of a challenge. That challenge has however gotten a little bit easier with MTN announcing that it'll make the show free of data charges for its Internet Services customers. The MTN Internet Services also include special data rates for...

  • Huawei’s sub-$70 smartphone shows MTN’s $50 Steppa gamble’s already paying off

    If MTN needed any vindication that its gamble to launch a sub US$50 MTN-branded smartphone will pay off, here it is: Chinese manufacturer Huawei has confirmed it will price its Ascend Y220 device at R449 (US$41) on MTN in South Africa. First, MTN’s move was not that unusual to begin with. Globally, operators often launch branded-handsets to fill obvious gaps in the market. Typically this is at the lower end. What operators end up doing -- practically -- is driving the cost of a particular entry-point or segment down by “using” some of the OEM margin that is left on...