JOHANNESBURG – Telkom customers will soon be roaming on Vodacom’s network, not on multinational mobile telecommunications group MTN’s after Telkom entered a deal with Vodacom worth billions of rand.
The migration will begin in December, with full switchover planned by mid-2019. Telkom users will now have access to Vodacom's 4G network, as previously, with MTN, the deal was restricted to slower 2G and 3G speeds.
The agreement will also see Telkom having access to build infrastructure on Vodacom towers.
Telkom spokesperson Noma Faku told TechCentral that the agreement with Vodacom included seamless handover, meaning a call will not drop if it is passed by a Telkom tower to a Vodacom tower.
Faku said, "There will be no geographic restrictions as there are in the deal between Cell C and MTN. This means that even if a Telkom subscriber is in Johannesburg, and has Telkom signal, they can still choose to roam onto Vodacom’s network if they prefer."