MTN has launched a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service which will allow other operators without radio access networks of their own to launch mobile networks using MTN’s infrastructure.
The telecom giant said that with its extensive national network that covers rural areas, it offers MVNO partners a high-quality network experience and opportunity to deliver innovative solutions that reach even more South Africans.
The launch comes less than five months until communications regulator ICASA auctions off high-demand spectrum for 4G and 5G mobile broadband services. A requirement of successful spectrum licensees in the auction is to provide support for MVNOs, so Telkom, Vodacom and other successful applicants are also expected to develop MVNO offerings at some point soon.
“We expect MVNO subscribers across the country to double over the next five years, with several large players introducing offerings, MTN is excited to be an enabler of this further growth path by putting our network capacity to work, as the rapid pace of digital change requires more agile and tailored solutions so that more people can benefit.”said MTN Managed Network Services acting executive Quintus De Beer.
The new service also opens up an opportunity for MTN to explore specific bespoke projects through strategic approved MVNO partnerships, the company said.
“Worldwide people have benefited from the experiences that MVNOs bring to the market and with the unique challenges South Africa face, we see this as an important platform to enable a better life for all, We believe everyone deserves the benefits of a modern, connected life. By entering the MVNO space, we are growing South Africa’s digital eco-system by enabling more value and services for consumers. This makes business sense, as we are putting the best network to work for more people, in a managed and sensible manner.”he added
MTN said that with its best-in-class network, we believe that new MVNO businesses will assist to create job opportunities and secondary markets to contribute to the broader South African economy.