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Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions op­er­a­tor NEO­TEL filed a com­plaint with the In­de­pen­dent Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Au­thor­ity of SA (Icasa) against ri­val Telkom ask­ing it to pro­vide it with ac­cess to the fixed-line in­cum­bent’s lo­cal loop (do­mes­tic net­work). The re­sult of Neo­tel’s sub­mis­sion could mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween lo­cal loop un­bundling tak­ing place this year and a te­dious, lengthy process that could take sev­eral years to com­plete. Neo­tel asked that Telkom give it ac­cess to two tele­phone ex­changes, one in Ben­more Gar­dens (Sand­ton) and the other in Rose­bank, Jo­han­nes­burg.

Nine coun­tries – in­clud­ing South Africa – signed a letter of in­tent to see the SQUARE KILO­ME­TRE AR­RAY (SKA) te­le­scope built. SA’s Depart­ment of Science & Tech­nol­ogy, Aus­tralia, China, Bri­tain, France, Italy, Ger­many, the Nether­lands and New Zealand re­cently signed the letter in Italy. The doc­u­ment is a ver­i­fi­ca­tion of their com­mon in­ten­tion to have the SKA built and they agreed to work to­gether to se­cure fund­ing for the next phase of the pro­ject. SA is cur­rently bid­ding against Aus­tralia to host the mega te­le­scope, with a fi­nal de­ci­sion ex­pected to be made next year. The SKA is about 100 times more sen­si­tive than the big­gest ex­ist­ing ra­dio te­le­scope and will be built in the Ka­roo if SA is suc­cess­ful in its bid. Cell C has launched an AD­VER­TIS

ING CAM­PAIGN that tar­gets Vo­da­com’s re­brand­ing to the red iden­tity of its par­ent, Bri­tain’s Voda­fone. Vo­da­com con­se­quently filed a com­plaint against its ri­val at the Ad­ver­tis­ing Stan­dards Au­thor­ity (ASA), ac­cus­ing Cell C of dis­parag­ing its brand and prod­ucts. Cell C’s new tele­vi­sion ad fea­tures its “chief ex­pe­ri­ence of­fi­cer” – co­me­dian Trevor Noah – de­scrib­ing Vo­da­com’s new brand im­age as su­per­fi­cial and stat­ing Cell C has SA’s best net­work.

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