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Cell C shutting down? Not quite - you will still get service through MTN towers

27 October 2020 7:33 AM
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It is being widely reported that the service provider is shutting down, but Tech guru Brendon Petersen says it is not that clear cut.

Cell C is reportedly shutting down its network. This is not accurate says tech guru Brendon Peterson. It is a little more complicated than that he explains to Lester Kiewit on CapeTalk.

RELATED: 'Cell C remains a mobile network operator' leasing MTN towers, says Cell C CFO

Cell C's statement did not say it was shutting down its network, he notes.

That seems to be where the confusion has come in. I know there have been quite a few bits and pieces of news out there saying Cell C is shutting down, but I was able to chat to them directly to get a better understanding of what is going on.

Brendon Peterson, Tech journalist

In fact, Cell C will no longer be operating its own physical infrastructure such as the cellphone towers, he explains.

Cell C will be leasing the equipment from MTN.

So if you are a Cell C customer, you are still going to have service. It is still going to say Cell C. It is just not going to be routed through Cell C towers but rather through MTN towers. That's it.

Brendon Peterson, Tech journalist

How will this benefit Cell C?

Cell C will be freed up from the costly maintenance and repair of towers, says Peterson, which will save money.

Customers will still be able to buy Cell C data and airtime as usual as well as update contracts.

None of that is going to change. And I double-checked with Cell C as that was the biggest concern everyone has got.

Brendon Peterson, Tech journalist

Listen to the interview below:

Cell C asked for a right of reply following this interview and spoke to Lester Kiewit on Wednesday.


27 October 2020 7:33 AM
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