South Africa’s Cell C to Launch Virtual Network Enabler For Cellular Network Services


In collaboration with Comverse and Mirage Telecom, Telecommunications group Cell C is set to launch a mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) that would enable the entry of cellular network services to new mobile virtual network operators  in South Africa, following its commericial launch in February, announced acting Cell C CEO and Chief Commercial Officer Jose Dos Santos.

After signing an agreement, Comverse would now supply its telecommunications software to Mirage Telecom, with Cell C creating a wholesale supply relationship.

Thus, this week would essentially mark the launch of Africa’s first dedicated Mobile Virtual Network Enabler platform created following the completion of commercial terms between Cell C, Comverse and Mirage Telecom.

While Cell C is a leading mobile provider in South Africa, it has been offering a wide range of services and mobile and data deals, as the third cell network after Vodacom and MTN Group, and the first cellular provider operating a dual band GSM 900/1800 MHz data network, with over 11.5 million subscribers in the country.

Mirage Telcom on the other hand is a professional web design company operating since 2010, providing web development solutions for companies or individuals interested in outsourcing their web design and web application development needs. It is a pioneer in rendering dynamic and professional web based solutions for small to large enterprises as well as other web design companies.

And Comverse, originally founded in Israel, is a technology company located in Wakefield, Massachusetts in the United States, that develops and markets telecommunications software.

Through partnerships with Comverse and Cell C, Mirage Telecom would enable large organisations to offer branded mobile voice and data services to their clients as MVNOs.

Morover, experts expect the platform is expected to enhance growth in South African MVNO sector, assisting to create opportunities to a variety of businesses and partners for differentiation, cash flow and growth, noted Comverse SEnior VP and MD for Europe and the Middle East and Africa Denis Bernaert.