MTN’s free Wikipedia announcement followed a #NekNomination and a call from learners from the Sinenjongo High School, Joe Slovo Park, Milnerton, Cape Town.
MTN heeded this call, saying that it is proud to be the first South African cellular network to make Wikipedia free.
However, Wikipedia will only be free on MTN’s network when when accessed through the Opera Mini browser.
The free Wikipedia access is also not available immediately as assumed by many people who watched the MTN announcement video. It will only be effective from the end of the month.
MTN was asked why it could not provide free Wikipedia through all browsers, but the company did not respond by the time of publication.
MTN also did not say why it could not immediately provide free Wikipedia access.