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.