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South Africa's Plans for Digital TV Switch May Help Vodacom, MTN

Loni Prinsloo, Janice Kew

South Africa’s pledge to switch to digital TV by the end of next year may free up spectrum for wireless operators such as Vodacom Group Ltd. and MTN Group Ltd., while also allowing smaller companies to enter the telecommunications market. Vodacom and MTN, South Africa’s top two mobile-phone companies, have long bemoaned the lack of available spectrum for broadband as they struggle to grow their businesses in Africa’s most industrialized economy.