South Africa: MTN Signs Roaming Deal With Cell C
22 November 2019
South Africa’s third-largest mobile network operator, Cell C, announced yesterday that it had signed the long-awaited expanded roaming deal with MTN, South Africa’s second-largest operator.
MTN and Cell C have been in talks for quite some time. Cell C already has access to MTN’s network in some areas where it does not have coverage, after recently leaving Vodacom in favour of MTN’s infrastructure.
Last year, MTN and Cell C inked an initial agreement that was to provide 3G and 4G services in areas outside the main cities. The expanded roaming agreement now extends this coverage and provides nationwide roaming to Cell C subscribers.
Douglas Craigie Stevenson, Cell C’s CEO said that the conclusion of this deal is a pivotal step in Cell C’s turnaround strategy.
He added that he feels that this will be a win-win all round as the agreement has long-term benefits for industry, the economy, and ultimately the consumers.
MTN said that this agreement is in line with its strategy to develop the group’s wholesale business and that it will allow its business together with Cell C to harness greater efficiencies in providing telecoms services, while still supporting a more sustainable and competitive industry.
The expanded roaming agreement will be effective as from early 2020.
The two operators will maintain their respective spectrum, and each one will use their own frequencies.
Cell C will retain its licences, and continue to control its core network, billing system, transmission and subscriber management.