MTN, in response to a #NekNomination, has started providing free Wikipedia access to its subscribers.
This follows a campaign by learners from the Sinenjongo High School in Milnerton.
Learners wrote an open letter to Cell C, MTN, Vodacom and 8ta urging them to offer their subscribers free access to Wikipedia. After receiving a #NekNomination from Five Roses, MTN became the first service provider to respond.
"We think this is a wonderful idea and would really like to encourage you also to make the same offer here in South Africa. It would be totally amazing to be able to access information on our cell phones which would be affordable to us," the learners said according to Business Tech.
While learners at the school do not have open access to a library or computers, most of them have cell phones.
"Ninety percent of us have cell phones but it is expensive for us to buy airtime so if we could get free access to Wikipedia it would make a huge difference to us,” they said.
Dr Pieter Streicher, MD of BulkSMS.com, has been pushing alongside the learners to get service providers to give free Wikipedia access to their subscribers.
"I am very proud of the Sinenjongo High 12 A class of 2013 which I had the privilege of meeting during a couple of supplemental IT classes," Streicher told Memeburn.
"Thanks to the dedication of the teachers at Sinenjongo, and the hard work of the students, the 12 A class at Sinenjongo had a 100% matric pass rate. Several students are continuing their studies at tertiary institutions this year, and one student has been accepted for studying medicine at UCT. I hope that Vodacom, Cell C and Telkom Mobile will heed the call and offer free access to Wikipedia for their subscribers as well."