Cell C pushing to be first with new service offerings

Cell C Cell C said it remains focussed on providing customers with innovative and affordable products and will strive to be the first with new service offerings. Cell C had a strong year and was the first mobile network operator in Africa to launch Wi-Fi calling for the iPhone. The company is also the only…

Entrepreneur: Washirika Holdings’ Romeo Kumalo

Washirika Holdings, Romeo Kumalo Entrepreneur Romeo Kumalo says more competition in the tech sector may be a solution to the high price of data in SA. Kumalo, the former Vodacom executive and a supporter of the #DataMustFall movement, has plans to introduce his own mobile virtual network operator — much like Virgin Mobile and FNB…

Mobile piggyback services remain a niche service in SA market

RECENT subscriber numbers released by MTN and Vodacom indicate consumers still prefer the two biggest cellphone network operators despite alternatives in the form of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). SA has seen a rise in MVNOs, which piggyback on Cell C’s network to offer mobile data and voice services. In the past three months, privately…

SOUTH AFRICA: New campaign positions niche mobile operator

The digital era is giving rise to niche, customer-centric mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) that use lean, agile marketing tactics to match their new way of doing business… A case in point is me&you mobile, South Africa’s first SIM-only, online mobile operator that launched in May 2015, with a rather unusual approach. It began with…

SA mobile subscribers: Vodacom vs MTN vs Cell C vs Telkom

With a fresh buzz around new MVNO me&you mobile entering South Africa, the latest subscriber spread from entrenched operators shows what a difficult time the new player will have trying to penetrate the market. GSMA Intelligence estimates that South Africa has around 80 million mobile connections – a tally of all reported figures from the…

39c per unit calls with SA’s new mobile operator

Cape Town – South Africans will soon have an alternative calling option with the launch of a new mobile operator dubbed ‘me&you’. Representatives of me&you in Cape Town announced on Wednesday that they would launch as a mobile virtual network operation (MVNO) in SA on May 4. MVNOs use other mobile networks’ infrastructure to sell…

Nowhere to run for mobile consumers

With all three of SA’s primary mobile operators now having done an about-turn on the price war and upped their prices, in about as many months, questions around competition, collusion and fairness have been raised. Consumers, however, have no legal recourse. Yesterday, MTN became the latest operator to announce it would hike prices – for…