MTN South Africa CEO Godfrey Motsa says that the company is committed to working with Cell C, MyBroadband reported. Motsa stated that MTN would retain its new, expanded roaming agreement with Cell C. The deal allows Cell C to rely more heavily on MTN’s infrastructure and reduce its capital expenditure while retaining nationwide coverage.
Motsa said whatever it does with Cell C should first and foremost be in the best interest of MTN shareholders. He said that Cell C wants to consolidate its infrastructure with MTN, which would take time to finalise. Motsa added that MTN is in discussions with Cell C to extend its roaming agreement into urban areas as well.
Cell C CEO Craigie Douglas Stevenson had previously said that the mobile operator was looking to completely move its network to MTN and function similarly to a high-level mobile network virtual operator (MVNO).
Stevenson said Cell C is negotiating a new roaming deal with MTN which will see it carry all of Cell C’s traffic. Cell C would hand all of its towers over to MTN, which means it would no longer run its own network. This would remove the need for Cell C to invest billions in its network and allow it to use this money for operational expenses.
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