Network blackout warning? Don’t worry about it!

MTN South Africa customers need not be concerned about the recent warning from the network’s CEO, Zunaid Bulbulia, that it might experience rolling blackouts, a company spokesperson has told MyBroadband.

Bulbulia was previously quoted by Bloomberg as saying that the recent call termination rate cuts announced by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) would lead to “an Eskom-type outcome”.

Icasa unveiled the new call termination rates on Wednesday, 29 January 2014, which will see mobile termination rates reduced from the current 40c per minute to 10c per minute over the next three years.

These reductions would have dire consequences for the local mobile industry, Bulbulia told Bloomberg.

He warned of rolling blackouts on the network due to a lack of free cash in their business, also saying that local jobs and investments will be placed at risk.

This raises the question: should MTN customers consider alternative options so long?

A spokesperson for MTN said that its subscribers need not fear, however.

“MTN customers should not be concerned. Our network quality is one of the best in South Africa and we aim to continue providing a supreme network service to all our customers,” MTN said in a statement to MyBroadband.

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