Vodacom roaming re-negotiation ‘going in right direction’ for Cell C

27 Jun 2012

South African mobile operator Cell C has confirmed that it has entered into talks with Vodacom about renegotiating the 15-year roaming agreement the two companies signed in 2001. New Cell C CEO Alan Knott-Craig told TechCentral that the discussions ‘are going in the right direction’, but refused to rule out the possibility of filing a complaint against Vodacom with the Competition Commission if the two parties are unable reach a deal. The agreement, which allows Cell C to roam on Vodacom’s 2G network, is set to expire in 2016, and the current negotiations are thought to revolve around Cell C gaining roaming rights to Vodacom’s 3G network in areas where it currently lacks adequate coverage with its own .etwork

Knott-Craig, who was Vodacom’s founding CEO, said that ‘a lot has happened’ since the deal was signed in 2001, adding: ‘All the cornerstones of the basis of that agreement have changed. The most profound change has been the drop in mobile termination rates … We will take it to the Competition Commission if necessary. Cell C must use whatever forums it can to improve its position, but the best way to get there is through consensus.’

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