Vodacom negotiating a roaming deal with Telkom

3 Sep 2018

Vodacom South Africa is negotiating a wireless network sharing deal with Telkom to replace its roaming partner Cell C, TechCentral writes citing sources familiar with the matter. As reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate in May 2018, Cell C entered into a long-term 3G/4G roaming agreement with MTN under which 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. While Cell C’s roaming agreement with Vodacom was not terminated – it is now mainly used for 2G traffic and ‘limited’ 3G traffic – it negatively affected Vodacom’s top-line, with the latter losing around ZAR1 billion (USD68 million) in revenues annually as a result of the development. Inking a roaming deal with South Africa’s fourth largest mobile phone company Telkom would make up for at least some of the shortfall, the unnamed sources told the news outlet.