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Cell C News Archive

South Africa:* Telkom bidding for Cell C, despite a rejection of the former's first unsolicited offer..
Cell C has already entered into legally binding agreements with, among other parties, Blue Label Telecoms..
The telco would be better-placed to compete against Vodacom and MTN in the consumer space if it ties up with Cell C, analysts say..
Blue Label Telecoms says it does not need approval from the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) to buy a 45% stake in Cell C, despite ratings agency S&P's recent warning that ICASA could limit Blue Label's use of Cell C's spectrum..

WhatsApp conquers Africa

17 Feb 2017 Telecoms
By Admire Moyo

Sale notes Vodacom scored relatively well on the net promoter score (NPS) – a tool used to gauge the loyalty of a firm's customer relationships. Its NPS was seven, compared to Cell C on minus two and MTN on minus nine.
The ratings agency lowered its long-term corporate credit rating on Cell C to ‘D' after the mobile operator missed a bond interest payment. .
In terms of devices, progress is monitored against the Universal Services Access Obligation project, which compels the four network operators − Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and Neotel − to connect schools and provide them with end-user devices, it added..
The biggest network providers in the country, namely Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and Telkom, are increasingly offering low cost and zero-rated services, in an effort they hope will help bridge the country's digital divide..
Frost & Sullivan predicts the MVNO sector will continue to develop and progress, off the back of increased participation by MTN and Cell C − and increased competitiveness will drive growth. 2017 will also see convergence from associated markets like financial services and retailers providing telecoms services via MVNOs.
South Africa:* Further news regarding the happenings at Altron, Cell C and Neotel..
Cell C says customers who signed up for any of the EPIC or Pinnacle contracts and who are still within their 24-month contract period will be exempt from the price increases..

Cell C hikes prices in 2017

10 Jan 2017 Telecoms
By Paula Gilbert

The price of Cell C data bundles will be hiked by between 8% and 25% next month as the mobile operator prepares for price adjustments across the board..
Blue Label Telecoms also saw its stock rise by 55.14% in 2016, as its pending investment into Cell C sat well with investors.
Mokenela says globally, leading operators like Swisscom are not only launching their own VoLTE and VoWiFi solutions, they are also looking to combine the two. There is also growing evidence that South African operators are building their mobile communication strategies around the technologies, with Cell C and Vodacom launching VoWiFi services in 2015.
As usual, there was much merger, acquisition and investment activity in the local market that included AEEI investing in Kalula Communications (57%) and Puleng Technologies (51%); American Tower taking over Eaton's South African Towers; BCX buying RDC Corportion; Blue Label Telecoms taking a 45% stake in Cell C; Capitalworks investing in IQ Business; Datatec buying Lantares; Deloitte buying ConVista Consulting; Dimension Data acquiring Ceryx and MWeb Connect; Dynamic Technology Holdings acquiring 51% of Blue Pencil; EOH purchasing Aptronics; First Distribution buying Linux Warehouse; Huge Group buying ConnectNet Group; Iron Mountain acquiring the majority of Docufile SA; Kerridge Commercial Systems (UK) acquiring Integrity Software; Liquid Telecom buying Neotel; Naspers investing in Udemy but selling off Grupa Allegro, its Polish interests; Net 1 buying a small stake in Blue Label Telecoms and a majority stake in Masterpayment; Netsurit merging with Inobits and Marathon Consulting; Pinnacle Holdings buying out Datacentrix; Stella Capital Partners acquiring Amecor but disposing of its stake in Tellumat; Tritech Media making several strategic ICT investments; and Vumatel taking over Fibrehoods..
South Africa:* Further developments regarding the futures of Cell C and Neotel..

New virtual operator targets students

29 Nov 2016 Telecoms
By Lauren Kate Rawlins

The MVNO was developed through a partnership with mobile network enabler MVN-X, which is providing all the infrastructure and technical support. Similarly to other local MVNOs, the network is built on Cell C infrastructure.
Business development head Cherise Stein says over 80% of all corporate contracts analysed by Tariffic over the years belong to the Vodacom network. This is followed by MTN, while Cell C and Telkom's share of the corporate market is minimal, according to the Tariffic database.
Blue Label will pay R5.5 billion for a 45% stake in Cell C.
Dabin explained the organisation has three important cornerstones to its African business model. Firstly, it provides committed service to telecoms operators – in South Africa these are Vodacom, MTN and Cell C.

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