Cell C shuts down towers

By Barbara Friedman for EWN

Cell C is reportedly shutting down its network.

However, tech guru Brendon Peterson says it is a little more complicated than that.

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,” says Peterson.

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

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.

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


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