South Africa’s National Treasury has selected MTN SA to provide mobile communication services to the government via an RT15 2021 Transversal contract which allows state entities to utilise the operator’s services.
According to a statement issued, the scale of the government’s requirements has allowed MTN to develop industry-leading systems that will not only add value but improve existing mobile telecommunications services and also allowing for a high degree of control of spend by the individual entities.
Speaking on the development, MTN South Africa Chief Executive Office, Godfrey Motsa, said he and his executive team are proud to accept the call to serve the country, through the provision of these vital services.
“We are both humbled and honoured by the faith National Treasury has shown in MTN with this critical partnership over a five-year term. A huge team at MTN spent months analysing the state’s requirements and then developing the very best solutions to not only meet those expectations, but to exceed them.”
In recent years, MTN consistently held the Best Network in South Africa title and the reach and quality of the MTN network has been an important contributor to the award.
The allocation of temporary spectrum by the regulator in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic enabled the company to showed its power and agility by zero-rating over a thousand health and education websites, expand its reach into underserved communities and further boost its quality in high density areas.
Also commenting on the award, Wanda Matandela, MTN SA’s Chief Enterprise Officer said the scale and scope of RT15 makes this both critical and fascinating.
“In addition to mobile devices, accessories and value-added services, there are vital operations that must be maintained, such as air operations, the needs of the special task force, sea, rail, satellite and other critical functions, he said.
Other service providers
Previously, Vodacom was the exclusive supplier for the government. The telco’s five year transversal contract comes to an end on March 31.
In a marked shift from the previous RT15 contract, the National Treasury has spread its demand across multiple service providers MTN, Telkom, Cell C and Vodacom, offering several packages.
For the next five years, MTN enters the fray with Enterprise Sharing and Business All Day plans. Vodacom will still supply government with two mobile packages, including Always Connected Work Plus and Always Connected Anytime.
Cell C offers its Epic and Pinnacle mobile packages while state-backed Telkom supplies its unique Government Gold and Silver services.