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South Africa's Vodacom and Telkom agree to share networks

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Staff Writer | Thursday November 8, 2018 7:06AM ET
Shameel Joosub
Africa   Vodacom Group CEO, Shameel Joosub

South African telecoms firm Vodacom said on Wednesday it had entered into a roaming and facilities leasing agreement with Telkom, South Africa's biggest fixed-line operator.

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Vodacom said the multi-billion rand agreement would allow Telkom customers to roam on Vodacom's 2G, 3G and 4G networks with full effect from June 2019.

It did not specific the value of the deal.

"This partnership between the country’s fastest growing networks will also result in reduced network deployment costs for Telkom and cost savings for Vodacom," said Vodacom Group CEO, Shameel Joosub.

Telkom, which also operates data services, said the agreement would allow it to use Vodacom's towers, antennas and shelters to build out its own network.


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