Vodacom, Telkom sign multibillion-rand infrastructure and roaming deal
The fixed-line operator ends its nine-year agreement with rival MTN
Vodacom and Telkom have signed a multibillion-rand infrastructure leasing and roaming deal that will improve the fixed-line operator’s coverage and give it access to a faster internet network. From June 2019 Telkom will use Vodacom’s network to provide voice calls and faster internet services to its subscribers. Telkom’s subscribers in some areas will for the first time have access to a 4G network through this deal. Since the inception of its mobile service nine years ago, Telkom roamed on rival MTN’s network for its 2G and 3G services. Under the terms of the new agreement, Telkom customers will roam on Vodacom’s 2G, 3G and 4G networks.
This, according to Vodacom, means that the chances of a dropped call will be reduced because Telkom’s customers will seamlessly move between networks. The announcement comes six months after Cell C signed a similar agreement with MTN, after being with Vodacom since inception in 2001. Bringing Telkom onto its network will be a boost for Vodaco...