Why MTN, Telkom, and Cell C are giving free access to university students

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has revealed that the reason mobile operators are offering free access to its websites is because it appealed to them to do so earlier this week.

Telkom, Cell C, and MTN announced yesterday that they would zero-rate access to university websites and study material.

The operators said they are offering free access because many universities in a bid to finish the academic year have opted to place study materials online.

Telkom and Cell C said they would offer free access until the end of the academic year. MTN encouraged other academic institutions to send through their URLs so that they could be zero-rated on the MTN network.

“On Monday, 17 October 2016, UCT appealed to all cellular providers in South Africa to make access to UCT websites (including Vula) available for free,” UCT said in an email to students.

“This would make it easier for students to access their course materials during the disruptions. ICTS is currently working with Telkom, Cell C, and MTN to ensure free access to all course and library resources. Announcements will be made on the UCT website as soon as these services become available.”

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