Loon Internet balloon project shut down

Google parent Alphabet Inc. shut down Loon, an audacious project to beam internet service from high-altitude balloons, after the unit failed to develop a viable business model.
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Astonishing story behind telecoms blackout at Mpumalanga hospitals and police stations

Kwa-Mahlaba Connect says services can be restored within 30 minutes, but a stalemate is preventing this from happening.
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COVID-19 forces South African telecommunications companies to change

The coronavirus pandemic, and especially the second wave, has forced local telecoms companies to adapt their operations.
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South African criminals are now burning down cellphone towers instead of just stealing from them

Mobile operators in South Africa have reported mysterious fires started at their cellphone towers, which are not aligned with the standard methods of criminals who attempt to steal batteries and copper from these base stations.
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Telkom withdraws part of its spectrum court challenge

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has announced that Telkom has withdrawn part of its court application against it.
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South Africans burn down 5G towers over COVID-19 fears

Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has condemned the burning and destruction of cellphone towers after a resurgence in conspiracy theories linking COVID-19 to 5G. 
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Concerns over super-regulator for media and telecoms in South Africa

The Internet service provider association of South Africa (ISPA) has raised concerns over the proposed merger of ZADNA, the FPB, and ICASA into a “super-regulator”.
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Rain’s biggest successes of 2020

Dlanga told MyBroadband that despite 2020 being a challenging year for South Africans, Rain was still able to add to its customer base.
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MTN’s biggest successes of 2020

MTN responded to the unique challenges of 2020 with a proactive strategy of increased network investment and expansion.
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ICASA will fight Telkom’s court case against spectrum auction

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has said that it will oppose Telkom’s court application against ICASA’s forthcoming radio frequency spectrum auction, and that the deadline for submissions remains 28 December 2020.
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