The South African mobile service is no longer a game owned by MTN and Vodacom. When my mother called last night with a Cell C number, a loyal MTN user for decades now, and started convincing me to get Cell C (providing proper substantial evidence)…I knew things have changed.
We went from speaking over fences to calling each other from tiny and awkward phone booths. Then came the Nokia ‘brick’ phones that allowed for people to communicate with each in the comfort of their own homes.
Text messaging made it even easier to speak to people while doing something else at the same time. Years later, as phones became advanced communication became easy and affordable even to people from low income households.
The SABC board has been dissolved for the second time in less than five years, slamming the breaks on looming telecommunications thresholds.