The virtual network operator (MVNO) is becoming a new trend for telcos companies where they allow different brands an opportunity to piggyback on their technology to connect with their clients.
Telkom Wednesday announced they will launch a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) platform later this year.
“Telkom has leveraged its extensive network footprint across South Africa to offer MVNOs the opportunity to provide quality services over its network thereby enhancing the much-needed competition in the telecoms space,” it said.
The platform will enable MVNO partnerships on its network, Telkom added.
“We believe that such partnerships will help create jobs, create a path into the industry for smaller players, and ultimately contribute to the growth of our digital economy,” said Telkom consumer and small business CEO Lunga Siyo.
“Telkom is committed to ensuring that MVNOs providing services over its network are sustainable”.
According to Telkom, its MVNO plans align with spectrum license requirements set by industry regulator Icasa to benefit historically disadvantaged groups.
It plans to take a considered approach to support commercially viable MNO-MVNO partnerships, stated Telkom.
“We aim to have our first MVNO go live this year. Through the launch of MVNO partnerships, we look forward to unlocking greater competition in the sector and helping emerging MVNOs provide value for their customers,” adds Siyo.