South Africa’s Cell C enters Zain ‘One Network’ partnership


Chris Gabriel, Zain Africa CEO
Cell C has entered into a roaming partnership with Zain, the leading mobile telecom provider on the Africa continent. Over 41 million Zain customers in all of Zain Africa’s 15 mobile operations can now benefit from its ‘One Network’ services when visiting South Africa. With the FIFA Soccer World Cup around the corner, the benefits for visiting fans will be immediate.

The award winning ‘One Network’ borderless mobile phone platform enables pre-paid and post-paid Zain customers, when travelling roaming on Cell C as the new “One Network’ partner, to be treated as Cell C customers, ie. local customers in terms of pricing while retaining home country service functionalities. On Cell C’s network, Zain customers will be able to make calls, send SMS and access the internet (data) at the rates they are charged in their home countries as well as receive incoming calls at a minimal charge.

“Simplicity 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 they are accustomed to at home,” said Cell C CEO, Lars P. Reichelt. “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.”

With the “One Network” service there is no need for customers to pre-register, no roaming deposits, and no complicated dialling formats. As in all other “One Network” countries Zain customers can recharge their pre-paid lines with locally purchased top up cards.

“We have reached a significant milestone by reaching South Africa, an African superpower that this season will be the focal point of world attention,” said Zain Africa CEO Mr Chris Gabriel. “‘One Network’ is unstoppable, in every new country in which we plant the “One Network’ flag. We are redefining the concept of mobile coverage and roaming by delivering on our brand promise of ‘A wonderful world’ and we are proud to partner with an equally innovative brand like Cell C.”

Since its introduction in September 2006 in East Africa and cross-continent expansion thereafter, “One Network” has been recognised by the international community for significant innovation and raising industry standards, attaining many reputable awards.


  1. Wow it seems Cell C is doing some amazing stuff. I love the way they beat MTN in launching its ‘One World’.

    With 4 g on its way theres good things to look forward to.

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