Christmas traffic on the increase

8 Jan 2004

Traffic over South Africa’s cellular networks during the festive season was up substantially on 2002 figures, according to local media reports. Number one cellco Vodacom reported a year-on-year traffic increase of 30% and boasted that its customers sent more than 100 million SMS texts during Christmas and New Year. Second-placed operator MTN said it witnessed a 60% jump in the number of texts sent over the period, to total 24 million, whilst Cell C saw its figure more than double to eleven million. Whilst traffic was on the up, an MTN spokesperson admitted that many customers were faced with severe delays in receiving their messages, with the longest wait for MTN users on Christmas Day exceeding six hours.