South Africa’s mobile phone operator Cell C said on Tuesday it has inked a wholesale national roaming agreement with MTN.
The arrangement will allow Cell C to complement its own network through roaming agreement on MTN’s Bozza network.
The agreement will see MTN providing both 3G and 4G services to Cell C in areas where Cell C has chosen to purchase coverage rather than self-build, mainly outside of the main metro areas.
The rollout of this multi-billion-rand long-term roaming agreement will begin next month and the bulk of the services will be transferred within two months.
The transition will be seamless and there will be no disruption to MTN or Cell C customers. No new sim cards will be required for Cell C’s customers.
“This deal will complement Cell C’s network offering and, with the introduction of roaming 4G services, our customers in those areas will benefit significantly,” says Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos.
Cell C said its network service offering is at 99% 2G population coverage, 96% 3G population coverage and with the implementation of this deal 4G population coverage will increase from 33% to 80%.
“We look forward to the working with MTN on the implementation of this agreement,” says Dos Santos.
Furthermore, Cell C will roam on MTN’s network in the country’s smaller cities and rural areas where MTN currently has additional capacity.
Both MTN and Cell C will maintain their own networks in the larger cities.
“We set out to create South Africa’s best network so that we could offer our customers the best experience. Our superior network has been created through our consistent network investments and we are pleased that we can now also offer that BOZZA experience to Cell C customers, in areas where we have additional capacity,” said Godfrey Motsa MTN SA CEO.
MTN said throughout the development of this deal, MTN and Cell C have maintained a strong focus on compliance, adhering to all necessary regulations and industry guidelines.