Back to Essentials

South Africa’s cellular network is well-established and nearly every corner of the country has network coverage. Similarly, you will be hard-pressed to find a spot in Johannesburg that does not have cellular coverage. It is no wonder, then that cellphones are the preferred mode of communication for many.

There are currently 5 cellular providers in SA, all offering different packages and options. Please note that, under the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provisions of Communications-Related Information Act (RICA), you will need to provide positive identification as well as proof of residence when taking out a new contract or buying a new prepaid SIM card.



Vodacom was one of the first cellular service providers in South Africa and is still one of the market leaders in this country. The company has about 182 million customers in South Africa, Tanzania, the DRC, Lesotho and Mozambique. For more information on their services and packages, visit


MTN Group


Another market leader in South Africa, MTN has been operating in South Africa for more than a decade. MTN is a multinational corporation and is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). To find out more, visit


Virgin Mobile


South Africa Virgin Mobile only recently launched in South Africa, but has already established itself as a reliable and affordable provider. For more, go to




Telkom, South Africa’s oldest fixed-line telecommunications provider, launched their mobile division in October 2010. As the newest player to enter this market, 8ta has already made name as one of the preferred providers when it comes to mobile Internet connectivity. Go to