MTN South Africa has announced it will “zero-rate”, or provide free data, for access to the popular South African schools management software d6 Communicator to its 32m customers.
The software, which is available for PCs and mobile phones, allows teachers and others to upload news, calendar events, photographs and homework to pupils’ parents.
“The zero-rating of d6 Communicator is expected to facilitate seamless communication between parents and schools,” MTN said in a statement.
“MTN has put a 100MB cap in place to prevent abuse. However, average usage is 300kB or less, so the data threshold is not expected to impact negatively on user experience,” the company said.
It said the d6 Communicator software averages about 330 000 daily desktop users and 340 000 app users.
“The decision by MTN to zero-rate d6 Communicator is an acknowledgement of the mounting pressure on customers’ disposable income and the consumer frugality due to the challenging economic climate,” the operator said. — (c) 2016 NewsCentral Media