As Telkom gears up to shed its 50% shareholding in Vodacom, it's laying the groundwork for mobile services of its own.
According to a report in Business Day, the telecommunications operator will roll out a wireless network offering high-speed Internet access along with the ability to make voice calls on mobile phones.
Central to the new network is the fact that Telkom will begin offering non-geographic phone numbers.
Telkom is currently involved in negotiations with Vodafone, which is expected to buy 12,5% of Vodacom, with the rest of the company unbundled to other shareholders.
Meanwhile, MTN – which has been involved in recent negotiations with Indian mobile operators – is once again the subject of speculation, this time of a tie-up with Telecom Italia.
The latest rumours surfaced in an Italian newspaper on Tuesday.