MTN And Telkom Offer Free Data To South Africans


Yes, MTN and Telkom have for real offered South Africans free data. But it’s only for students and they can only use it to visit the websites of their universities.

I know what you’re thinking, – ‘they should take their free data and shove it up their there. They can do better, by reducing data prices for all’ huh?

I’m tempted to disagree with you. It’s really a good initiative. Among other things, the free data will go a long way to assist learning.

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Anyway, reports have it that MTN and Telkom will be giving students free data to access university websites for online academic materials.

Telkom related that the free data gift is a move towards its commitment to support education. It will enable free access to academic contents for students at all time, said the telecommunications provider.

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It acknowledged that running out of data “may result in further anxiety for students who may already be surviving on the smallest of stipends, and must now find additional funds to buy the data needed to access the materials they require to continue their studies.

“…Telkom has taken a decision to waive the data consumption costs until the end of the academic year. Students who need to work off-site can therefore do so even without the need to fund these costs themselves,” stated Telkom.

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Similarly, MTN’s chief executive, Mteto Nyati pointed out that the free data will enable the continuity of access to educational content.

Nyati said: “…we are mindful of the backlog that students and academic institutions are facing. And, we believe that this gesture will help to maintain continuity and expedite access to much-needed educational content,” said Nyati.

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