Rica: 96% of cell users meet deadline

2011-07-01 22:05

Johannesburg - Over 96% of cellphone users in South Africa met the deadline for Rica, according to figures given by major cellphone companies on Friday.

Cell C said that close to 97% of its customer base registered before midnight on Thursday.

Vodacom Group [JSE:VOD] said that its figure was about 96%, based on official subscriber numbers in March. Just under a million Vodacom customers were disconnected on Friday after failing to meet the Rica deadline, the service provider said.

8ta had Rica'd all of its customers by Wednesday

MTN Group [JSE:MTN] declined to mention an exact percentage. At a Rica briefing by the communications department on Wednesday, it was announced that 98% of MTN sim cards were registered for contract customers and 96% for prepaid users.

"We don't want to comment on our percentages but we will say we are quite impressed at the turnout of our subscribers and those who have been disconnected can come back to the Ayoba," spokesperson Bridget Bhengu said.

"It might take a bit longer than normal but you will be back on the network within two to 24 hours."

Cell C CEO Lars Reichelt said that the network was also welcoming back those who had been disconnected.

"Customers have a grace period of 120 days from the deadline date to reactivate their cut-off lines or face the possibility of losing their numbers."

Vodacom customers who had been cut off could visit their local store or one of over 170 000 Rica agents across the country.

  • Ian - 2011-07-02 04:23

    ha, i knew it, the brudders need more time, morons

  • ralph - 2011-07-02 05:06

    At the next election, lets ALL wait for the deadline, 'cos if the figures are too low, they'll give us a "Grace" period anyway ......... Welcome to the Africa experience.

  • Myth - 2011-07-02 06:55

    When in SA last year I found my MTN phone already disconnected due to RICA according to the idiot at the MTN shop and was told I would have to write and explain and ask to be reconnected. I walked out the shop to Vodacom and bought a sim card and registered on RICA immediately. Now MTN has no comment, well, neither do I..

  • Gerald - 2011-07-02 12:33

    Yeah right. Ive got 2 side CellC sims, they were getting bombarded with R200 airtime bribes to go rica. Then when i finally do this morning, they look at me like im paris hilton. Heck id also pull in a neural network geek to generate registrations and save millions. Esp since Zumas squad is too dumb to ever trace anything.

  • LBS - 2011-07-02 16:35

    The rest won't Rica, 'cause they're the crooks!

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