TechInAfrica – Two telecommunications companies, Vodacom and Telkom have entered a long-term agreement that allowing Telkom to have roaming and leasing services from Vodacom. The implementation will start in June next year.
Speaking about the implementation of the agreement, Telkom’s customers will be able to roam on 2G, 3G, and 4G networks from Vodacom, resulting in the seamless and better roaming experience.
Commenting on the agreement with Telkom, the CEO of Vodacom Group, Shameel Joosub said, “We are extremely pleased that Telkom has selected Vodacom as its strategic partner and we look forward to delivering on this long-term and mutually beneficial agreement.”
Before entering the roaming agreement with Vodacom, Telkom previously has entered a collaborative agreement with MTN ever since nine years ago with its 2G and 3G services. The contract agreement with MTN will end next year where Telkom will be starting its roaming agreement with Vodacom.
Speaking about the agreement with Vodacom, the CEO of Telkom, Sipho Maseko said, “Seamless handover and 4G mobile technology are new additions to Telkom’s roaming agreement which will improve the customer experience on the Telkom network. The infrastructure sharing agreement will allow Telkom more efficient capital and operational expenditure,” Maseko added, “It complements Telkom’s network rollout programme as Telkom remains committed to expanding its network. The agreement enables quicker site acquisition in the medium term. I am pleased we have concluded an agreement that enables us to improve our network efficiently.”
“Apart from the commercial benefit, this partnership between the country’s fastest-growing networks will also result in reduced network deployment costs for Telkom and cost savings for Vodacom, ultimately contributing to the reduction of data prices in South Africa,” Joosub concluded.