Cell C, Mirage team on MVNO launch platform

Cell C has entered into a new Mobile Virtual Network Enabler (MVNE) deal with Mirage Telecoms and Comverse that will see the network act as a cellular wholesaler for future Mobile Virtual Networks (MVNs) in South Africa.

The deal means that banks, retailers, insurers, and other organizations will be able to offer clients cellular voice and data services using Cell C’s network and Mirage Telecom’s back-end infrastructure.

As part of the agreement, Comverse will supply its telecommunications software to Mirage Telecom, with Cell C creating a wholesale supply relationship with Mirage, the groups said.

This will allow Mirage Telecom to take on new MVNO partners and supply core network access.

The platform will provide cellular network services to potential new Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) throughout South Africa.

“South African mobile users will now see new offerings from some of their favourite and most trusted brands,” said Prins Mhlanga, Executive Director at Mirage Telecom.

“These brands will have the freedom and flexibility to develop unique products and services,” Mhlanga said.

Speaking at a conference in Sandton on Thursday (28 November), acting Cell C CEO, Jose Dos Santos revealed significant gains in Cell C’s position in the South African market.

According to Dos Santos, Cell C achieved more than 1.2 million gross connections in October, with 400,000 net additions – noting that, to date, the operator had reached 13 million subscribers for the first time.

The acting lead also noted that the operator had exceeded its targets in rolling out sites to boost and stabilise its network; this after numerous complaints from consumers were reported surrounding network quality and dropped calls.

Dos Santos said that 110 new sites were on air, taking total sites on the group’s network to 4,040.

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