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Cellular operator Vodacom and its retail partners are trying out a new advertising offering - the first of its kind in South Africa - that targets users within a 10km radius of stores carrying advertised products and provides directions if they want to make purchases.
Telkom has announced the sale of a 15% stake in cellular operator Vodacom, worth R22.5-billion, to multinational cellular operator Vodafone. The deal, one of South Africa's largest recent foreign direct investments, will also see Vodacom becoming one of the largest South African companies listed on the JSE.
South African cellular operator Vodacom has launched three new "speaking phones" to make cellular communication accessible to customers who are blind or partially sighted. Users do not have to pay extra for the text-to-speech software, as it is subsidised by the company.
South African cellular company Vodacom is spending US$700-million (about R5.6-billion) to acquire Gateway Telecommunications, Africa's largest independent provider of interconnection via satellite and terrestrial infrastructure - giving it an instant foothold in lucrative markets like Nigeria.
South Africans will soon see a new player in the cellular industry. Local company Cell C and Richard Branson's Virgin Mobile are to launch a joint venture in the first half of 2006: a Virgin Mobile branded service over Cell C's network.
South Africa's Competition Tribunal has approved a R21-billion bid by British telecommunications group Vodafone to increase its stake in local cellular company Vodacom by 15%, paving the way for the second-largest foreign direct investment in SA since 1994.
Innovative use of cellular technology is helping small-scale sugar farmers in northern KwaZulu-Natal improve their crops. A pilot project is bringing the advantages of technology to the farmers and, at the same time, making the most efficient use of their scarce water resources.
A huge blow has been struck against cellphone theft in South Africa with the signing of an agreement between the country's cellular service providers, Business Against Crime and the SA Police Service that will render all reported stolen cellphones useless.