Official: Vodacom to acquire Neotel for R7,0bn

Published by on May 19th, 2014, 1 Comment

NeotelFurther to the SENS announcement on 30 September 2013, Vodacom has reached an agreement with the shareholders of Neotel Proprietary Limited to acquire 100% of the issued share capital in, and shareholder loans against, Neotel for a total cash consideration equivalent to an enterprise value of R7.0bn.

Neotel, which started operations in 2007, is the second largest provider of fixed telecommunications services for both businesses (commonly referred to as enterprise services) and consumers in South Africa. The company has access to over 15,000 km of fibre-optic cable, including 8,000 km of metro fibre in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Neotel also has access to 2 x 12 MHz of 1800 MHz spectrum, 2 x 5 MHz of 800 MHz spectrum and 2 x 28 MHz of 3.5 GHz spectrum.

Neotel will become a subsidiary of Vodacom South Africa and the combination with Vodacom’s South African fixed enterprise business will create a national service provider with annual revenues of more than R5bn. (more…)

Strategy Works: MTN Legal Action Against Icasa Has Major Ramifications

Published by on Feb 15th, 2014, No Comments

MTN-LogoMTN’s decision to take legal action against Icasa, and by extension the government, over the recently announced mobile termination rates (MTR) is a game changing step that could have ramifications for years to come, according to Steven Ambrose, Strategy Works CEO.

Vodacom and MTN both publicly voiced their displeasure at the new termination rates announced by ICASA on 29 January. The main bone of contention was the significant and unprecedented asymmetry** awarded to smaller operators.

Icasa initially proposed an asymmetry rate of 40 cents in 2013 and then announced a final rate of 44 cents.

“The result of this would be a net cash flow effect of R1 billion in the initial year of the new termination regime from the larger networks to the smaller ones. This is amount that was too significant for the larger networks to ignore,” he says. (more…)

Vodacom launches “Vouchercloud” location based voucher service

Published by on Feb 13th, 2014, 1 Comment


Vodacom today announced the launch of vouchercloud, a geo-location enabled app that seeks out the best local deals and displays them via smartphone.

Through vouchercloud, Vodacom has partnered with a range of top brands to deliver instant exclusive deals across a range of categories including shopping, eating out, leisure and entertainment. Some of our partners include Edgars, Jet, Makro, Game, Planet Fitness, Doppio Zero, Nu-metro Cinemas, McDonalds, Adega, Billabong and Pizza E Vino.

Hemmanth Singh, Managing Executive: m-Commerce at Vodacom said: “In the current economic environment, we’re all looking for ways to save money. Why not get your smartphone to work for you? It’ll locate all the nearby deals, sift through them and show you only those relevant to you, and then it’ll give you step by step guidance right to the door. With our extensive partner network, we’re confident you’ll be saving money from day one.” (more…)

Vodacom now Best Performer on JSE Socially Responsible Investment Index

Published by on Nov 29th, 2013, 1 Comment

Vodacom-Solar-Panel-RoofVodacom, South Africa’s largest mobile operator, was one of six companies recognised as a Best Performer company on the JSE’s Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index. Vodacom is the only ICT company to be recognised as a Best Performer on the SRI Index.

The mobile operator qualified as a Best Performer in the low environmental impact category. The index recognises those companies that regard society, governance and environment as an integral part of their corporate strategy, and ultimately share this information transparently in their reporting. Vodacom’s environmental efforts was recently in the news with their new solar panelled roof at their Cape Town head office.

We are particularly proud of our achievement this year as the 2013 review for the first time only considered publicly available information, in the JSE’s effort to promote increased disclosure and transparency about sustainability performance,” says Maya Makanjee, Vodacom’s chief officer for corporate affairs.  “We recognise that sustainability has long since evolved from being a corporate nice to have to a core competence that speaks directly to our bottom line. Integrating sustainability into the very core of our business is very much part of our overall strategy at Vodacom.” (more…)

iPhone 5S and 5C SA Pricing Revealed

Published by on Nov 15th, 2013, 8 Comments


Well, the day has finally arrived for Apple fans. The new iPhone 5S is now available in SA – and Vodacom and MTN have also revealed their pricing for the new phones.

We are quite happy to see that many of the vendors have stepped with earlier hours on launch day, and needless to say lines have formed in front of the relevant stores. For example, here is Vodaworld in Midrand this morning:


First up is MTN, who seems to have pretty aggressive pricing, with decent data bundles compared to previous years: (more…)

Vodacom announces new “uChoose” Contracts

Published by on Nov 8th, 2013, 3 Comments


Today Vodacom launched their new uChoose Smart plans, inviting customers to create their own plan by combining the flexibility of monthly payments and the  spend control of prepay. On Vodacom uChoose you can select from four simple plans that include larger internet bundles, anytime-any network minutes and SMS.

The user chooses a plan that suits them: (these prices exclude a phone)








R 129p/m

R 199p/m

R 399p/m

R 579p/m
















And then you can enhance the bundle:  (more…)

Sony Xperia L announced – exclusive for Vodacom

Published by on Oct 29th, 2013, 2 Comments


Sony has slowly been finding traction with its smartphone range. Among the range are their mid-level smartphone offerings, which are becoming more and more important to their bottom line, especially in the emerging markets.

Sony Mobile today announced the availability of the new Xperia smartphone model to join its 2013 line up within the Vodacom channel – the Xperia L. The beautifully designed Xperia L – which sharing much of its DNA with the larger Xperia Z1 brother – provides industry leading camera technology with HDR for both photos and videos complemented by a high quality screen when compared to other devices in the price range. Check out the press release below: (more…)

Vodacom launches new Budget Android Phone

Published by on Aug 7th, 2013, No Comments

Vodafone-Smart-MiniVodacom today launched the new Vodafone Smart Mini, an affordable and easy to use entry level smartphone which does not compromise on performance.  This value for money android phone is now available at Vodacom World in Midrand and from other participating outlets.

The Android Jelly Bean 4.1, handset offers a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen, 2 megapixel camera, 1GHz processor and 4GB storage. The phone offers high quality at an attractive price point when compared to other low cost smartphones.

Customers that sign up on a Top Up 135 plus contract at R149 per month will receive two Vodafone Smart Mini handsets for the price of one. The deal also includes R135 worth of airtime, 100MB of data per month and a free Starter pack for the second phone. (more…)