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Posted on Feb 26 in News-Publicby Press OfficerPrint

SA’s newest telco launches

24/02/2020 14:15 - (SA)

Cape Town - South Africa’s emerging status as one of the world’s most liberalised telecoms markets has received a boost with the launch of O-Tel, the latest entrant into the rapidly hotting-up telecoms space.

“O-Tel can provide anyone within Telkom ADSL or Vodacom 3G coverage with a telephone line for R99 (excl VAT) per month with no contract necessary,” said Mohammad Patel, CEO of O-Tel.

The company promises business and residential subscribers tariffs as affordable as 45 cents (excl VAT) per minute for local calls to Telkom numbers, true per second billing from the first second (international calls are billed per minute), a 24-hour turnaround time, both telephone and Internet connections and nationwide coverage.

“The available opportunities within the South African telecoms market right now are phenomenal. Icasa has to be commended for finally issuing i-ECNS licenses so that innovative companies can step up to the challenge of reducing the country’s historically unaffordable telecoms costs,” said Patel.

Proprietary wireless routers called O-Boxes

O-Tel is a licensed national telecoms operator after receiving its individual Electronic Communication Network Services (i-ECNS) license from the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) in late January 2009.

The telco is able to offer a nationwide telecommunications service from day one because subscribers connect either to the Vodacom 3G network or Telkom’s ADSL network to be able to make telephone calls or surf the internet.

O-Tel supplies subscribers with proprietary wireless routers called O-Boxes designed by the globe’s most respected telecoms equipment manufacturers.

Subscribers are then able to purchase their own choice of standard telephone handset to plug into the O-Tel hardware and then make highly affordable voice calls to any telephone in the world with the added advantage of optional internet access.

Subscribers are able to sign up for O-Tel service via the company’s website ( or via a network of dealers.

Altech court judgment

The recent awarding of i-ECNS licenses by Icasa following last year’s Altech court judgment has turned South Africa into one of the world’s most competitive telecoms markets overnight.

“Unfortunately few of the almost 533 companies to which licences were awarded will be able to take advantage of their new-found favourable position to challenge the existing telecoms status quo because many of them have chosen to build their own networks.

“Recognising the prohibitive cost of building a national telecoms network, O-Tel decided to use the networks of existing operators,” said Patel.,,2-13-1443_2475184,00.html

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