Are the mobile operators in SA really the big bad wolves they are made out to be?
The #datamustfall campaign stated that “mobile operators are greedy capitalists who scheme and abuse consumers’’ NOT TRUE.
Recently Telkom, Cell C and MTN all came to the support of South African universities and students in a time when it mattered most. The universities appealed to them and they acted in good will.
During the ongoing #FeesMustFall student protests across the country, Telkom, Cell C and MTN announced zero-rate access to university websites, study material and library resources. This is so that students could still access their course materials during the disruptions.
Through this effort, Telkom, Cell C and MTN are making sure that students can continue their classes without depleting their data.
Why are they supporting the students? “Zero-rating access is our way of assisting students and to make it easier for the many universities who are in a bid to finish the academic year.”
Telkom, Cell C and MTN stated that they are aware of the backlog students and academic institutions are experiencing, and trust that this will help to sustain stability and accelerate access to necessary educational content. According to these mobile operators, they understand that students are facing a hard time, and that they need to have access to course material in order to complete their academic year.
Many universities have decided to place study materials online for easy access. This will assist the students and academic institutions greatly to salv age the 2016 academic year.
This zero-rate access will be offered until the end of the academic year.
The mobile operators encouraged all of the academic institutions to send through their URLs so that they could be zero-rated on the networks.
On behalf of all students – thank you.