Why Cell C dumped Vodacom for MTN

Cell C has signed a new roaming agreement with MTN, which will allow its subscribers to roam on MTN’s network in smaller cities and rural areas.

The agreement excludes the major cities – Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, and Durban – where Cell C and MTN will maintain their own networks.

The announcement from Cell C surprised the market, as it has been roaming on Vodacom’s network since its launch in 2001.

Cell C CEO Jose dos Santos said an assessment of the wholesale offerings available in the market, which included MTN’s significant network investment in recent times, showed MTN offered the best solution.

A Cell C spokesperson told MyBroadband their decision to partner with MTN was informed by a combination of factors, including price and technology.

Cell C chief legal officer Graham Mackinnon also stated in a TechCentral interview that MTN’s ability to offer them seamless handover also played a

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