CellC, MTN, Vodacom SA and Telkom Mobile have agreed to provide free access to eFundi and the NWU website until 23 December 2016. Access to these sites will not be counted against their users’ data access accounts. This is good news for students who want to access their learning content via these cellular networks when not on campus.

Cellular operators made this concession in a bid to assist South-African students with academic preparations for the coming exams. Mteto Nyati, Chief Executive Officer: MTN South Africa says:” As MTN, 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.”

Cell C, CEO Jose Dos Santos also stated: “We know students are facing a tough time at the moment, and many need to gain access to course material through their university’s online portal in order to complete their academic year. Zero-rating access is our way of assisting students.”

The zero rating applies to content in eFundi as well as recorded lectures that can be accessed via the eFundi Lecture Recordings page. The zero rating does not include external content linked from eFundi – e.g. a YouTube video linked from eFundi is not zero rated, and will be charged at normal rates. It is also not applicable when roaming internationally.

A huge thanks to Telkom, Vodacom, MTN, and CellC.

Additional information:

http://mybroadband.co.za/news/cellular/183564-why-mtn-telkom-and-cell-c-are-giving-free-access-to-university-students.html

http://www.htxt.co.za/2016/10/19/mtn-and-cell-c-give-students-free-data-too/

http://www.cut.ac.za/announcements/free-data-help-study/