Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Mobile service provider reaches 15th year – South Africa

South African mobile service provider, Nashua Mobile, has reached fifteen years of operation since its formation by the merging of Nashua Cellular and NedTel Cellular.

Chris Scoble, Managing Director of Nashua Mobile commented: “Nashua Mobile is one of the few independent telecommunications service providers to have survived the consolidation of the industry in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The company has thrived and has grown to nearly 700,000 subscribers representing more than 10% of South Africa’s contract cellular subscriber base during this time.”

South Africa’s mobile service providers represent all of the network operators and actually resell rather than act as true MVNOs. They do however maintain the client relationship rather than simply win a sale, accept a commission and hand the subscriber onto the network partner, hence their claim of 700,000 subscribers. Virgin Mobile remains the only true MVNO in South Africa operating over the Cell C network.