Telkom’s mobile plans

13 Nov 2008

Telkom South Africa has revealed new details of its plans to develop its own mobile operations in Africa once it divests its stake in wireless operator Vodacom Group. As a partner in Vodacom, Telkom was prevented from making a foray into mobile services under a shareholders agreement. However, when Vodafone agreed to buy an additional 15% stake in Vodacom, and Telkom announced plans to spin off its remaining 35% in the venture to its shareholders, Telkom became free to investigate opportunities in the mobile sector.

Once the Vodacom deal is finalised, Telkom plans to launch a converged mobile-fixed line package in the second quarter of 2009. It expects to enter a roaming pact with an existing mobile operator rather than build out its own network.

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