By Emeka aginam, Asst. Online Editor
One theÂ leading mobile telecom provider on the Africa continent, Zain,Â has announcedÂ the expansion of its ground-breaking â€˜One Networkâ€™ platform to South Africa in a strategic partnership with Cell C, the countryâ€™s most dynamic mobile operator.
With this development,Â Nigeriaâ€™s Super Eagles fans traveling to South AfricaÂ this summer, can now be in contactÂ with family and friends as well as developments at home asÂ Â Zainâ€™s award-winning One NetworkÂ goes live in South Africa today.
With this, over 41 million Zain customers in all Zain Africaâ€™s 15 mobile operations can now benefit from â€˜One Networkâ€™ services when visiting South Africa, which will provide immediate and enormous benefits for thousands of visiting soccer fans this summer.
The award-winning â€˜One Networkâ€™ borderless mobile phone platform enables pre-paid and post-paid Zain customers when travelling to another â€œOne Networkâ€™ partner country to be treated as local customers in terms of pricing, while retaining home country service functionalities.
According to the Chief Executive Officer, Zain Nigeria, Alain Sainte-Marie, soccer fans visiting South Africa, can use their Zain Nigeria lines as local customers and enjoy prevailing local call, SMS and Internet rates.
He saidÂ that there is no need for customers to pre-register, no roaming deposits, and no complicated dialling formats, adding that this initiative is coming at a special time in the history of the continent, which makes it even more exciting.
â€œWe have reached a significant milestone by our presence in South Africa, the regionâ€™s superpower, which this summer will be the focal point of world attention with the upcoming World Cup,â€ said Zain Africa CEO Chris Gabriel.
â€œâ€˜One Networkâ€™ is unstoppable. In every new country in which we plant the â€œOne Networkâ€™ flag, we are redefining the concept of mobile coverage and roaming by delivering on our brand promise of â€˜A wonderful worldâ€™â€.
On his part, Cell C CEO, Lars P. Reichelt said â€œSimplicity is one of the core values of Cell C and ‘One Network’ makes roaming a lot simpler for our Zain customers. We are happy to enable Zain visitors to South Africa to make use of our network at prices similar to what local customers would pay.â€
“Working with Zain has been smooth and decisive and we are proud that the “One Network” flag also bears the colours of the rainbow nation and of Cell C,” said Cell C CEO, Lars P. Reichelt.
Since its introduction in East Africa in September 2006 and its cross-continent expansion thereafter, â€œOne Networkâ€ has been recognized by the international mobile industry for its innovation and for setting new standards in cross-border mobile communication.