South Africa’s telecommunications companies are some of the biggest and most valuable brands in the country.
In fact, Brand Finance’s annual report on the most valuable brands in South Africa ranked MTN and Vodacom as the most valuable brands in the country.
Telkom and Cell C were also ranked in the top 40, which shows the importance and power of local telecoms companies.
While these companies are household names in South Africa, not many people know how they got their names.
Here is what is behind the names of prominent South African telecoms companies.