“The roaming agreement is transformative for Cell C,” Stevenson said. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) says it will investigate the recently announced roaming agreement between MTN and Cell C. Cell C CEO Douglas Craigie Stevenson said in a statement that the MTN agreement will help Cell C manage its network needs at a lower cost. Through the agreement, Cell C must spend significant amounts of money to ensure national coverage. Cell C suffers from A.R. 8.7 billion in debt and is in talks with several investors to refinance the company. Cell C was previously behind in payments to MTN for the use of its network, amounting to R393 million R393 million. On Monday, MTN said payments received since June had been made as planned. Goldstuck, with more than thirty years of experience in the technology industry, said, according to the implementation, Cell C users will soon have access to a much improved service. In a statement, Telkom said the roaming agreement and its terms had been discussed in discussions between Cell C and Telkom. “We assume that the parties involved have reviewed the roaming agreement and its terms in discussions with Telkom.” “As part of the rules on the terms and conditions for individual licences, the Authority has called on both parties to make available to the Authority all related roaming agreements and information, in order to verify and assess compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
This will be a three-year transition to a comprehensive national roaming system, under which MTN will transfer all Cell C traffic. However, before significantly increasing investment in this strategy, MTN Group will be satisfied with the stabilization of Cell C`s financial position. The first phase of the roaming agreement was the sale of overcapacity in periurban and rural areas to Cell C. The second phase will open up homelessness in urban areas and pave the way for the transition from Cell C`s mobile network to MTN infrastructure. Cell C, South Africa`s third largest telecommunications network after Vodacom and MTN, said it expected the expanded roaming agreement to arrive in the early 2020s and the transition would take up to three years. “Whether an agreement is made on a regulated service or the use of a licensed resource (for example. B frequency) requires authorization or triggers regulatory compliance requirements is an issue that the Authority can never leave to the parties alone to determine,” said Willington Ngwepe, CEO of Icasa. Cell C`s previous agreement with MTN in 2018 allowed for the use of MTN`s 2G, 3G and 4G networks outside the major metropolitan areas, but the new contract also covers metropolitan areas.