Cell C has begun the deliberate migration of its clients off its radio entry community because it strikes to close down this infrastructure to avoid wasting prices. However as an alternative of the purchasers being migrated to its new accomplice, MTN, the corporate stated on Wednesday that the preliminary batch of shoppers is shifting to the Vodacom community.
The migration has begun with contract and broadband clients, and it’s attributable to be accomplished within the subsequent two months, Cell C stated.
The information would appear to counsel a brand new roaming settlement of some type with Vodacom, a growth the market was not anticipating, particularly after Cell C loudly trumpeted its “expanded” roaming settlement with MTN final yr. Cell C confirmed it continues to roam on the Vodacom community, telling TechCentral: “We’ve expanded our settlement with Vodacom.”
Cell C advised TechCentral earlier on Wednesday that it has roaming agreements with “a few infrastructure telco companions, particularly MTN and Vodacom”.
“The migration of contract and broadband clients arises from our community roaming settlement with Vodacom, and pay as you go buyer migration can be confirmed in the end,” it stated.
The transfer comes as Cell C appears to cut back capital expenditure and ease the stress on its stability sheet, which, forward of a deliberate recapitalisation, stays a noose round its neck.
“Cell C is making progress with the implementation of its community technique as a part of its turnaround technique, aimed toward enhancing general operational effectivity and adopting an working mannequin to accomplice with the best-of-breed on each infrastructure and companies,” the corporate stated in a basic press assertion on Wednesday.
Cell C will decommission its personal towers in a “phased strategy”.
“Our strategic imaginative and prescient is to distinguish ourselves by specializing in modern services and products with out being homeowners of capital-intensive infrastructure. This creates extra flexibility and capability to ship the suitable high quality of service to our present and future clients,” stated Cell C CEO Douglas Craigie Stevenson within the assertion.
“In response to a vastly modified enterprise setting, the adoption of the community roaming mannequin will promote extra resourceful use of the telecommunications infrastructure capability within the nation, enhance the general community connectivity and supply Cell C clients with a greater buyer expertise.”
To minimise any affect on service, Cell C stated its clients ought to activate “information roaming” manually of their telephone settings. “When you have a router you will have to do that through a PC,” it stated. Apple machine customers usually are not impacted. — © 2020 NewsCentral Media
- This text has been extensively up to date from its unique model to replicate the settlement between Cell C and Vodacom