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Zero-rated mobile data access to specific UCT online resources

Cell C, Telkom, Vodacom and MTN have all agreed to UCT’s request to zero-rate access to certain UCT websites.

This kind of support is essential to continue teaching and learning online during UCT’s second term, especially while the practice of physical distancing continues in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.

View the table below to see which URLs each mobile network has zero-rated.

Description URL Cell C MTN Telkom Vodacom
UCT website https://www.uct.ac.za
http://www.uct.ac.za
UCT Libraries https://www.lib.uct.ac.za
http://www.lib.uct.ac.za
UCT Open acccess journals https://www.journals.uct.ac.za http://www.journals.uct.ac.za
Vula https://vula.uct.ac.za
http:/vula.uct.ac.za

Lecture videos (OpenCast)

https://media.uct.ac.za
http://media.uct.ac.za
Open UCT https://open.uct.ac.za
http://open.uct.ac.za
Password Self-Service https://password.uct.ac.za
  https://msldap.uct.ac.za  http://msldap.uct.ac.za
  https://payonline.uct.ac.za  http://payonline.uct.ac.za
  https://publicaccess.uct.ac.za http://publicaccess.uct.ac.za

UCT news

When accessing this URL an Open Network Login page button may appear in the top right corner of your web browser. Close this message by clicking the X next to the button.

https://www.news.uct.ac.za/  http://www.news.uct.ac.za/
Web authentication (ADFS) Any URL that contains adfs.uct.ac.za
NOTE: Please note that the actual authentication, via adfs.uct.ac.za, is zero-rated. Should you be authenticating to a site other than the ones listed above as zero rated, those links will incur data charges (e.g. LinkedIn Learning) 
NOTE: The following URLs are only available to Cell C and MTN subscribers at no cost. When accessing any of these URLs an Open Network Login page button may appear in the top right corner of your web browser. Close this message by clicking the X next to the button.
Staff access portal to student administration system https://staffonline.uct.ac.za
http://staffonline.uct.ac.za
Student access portal to student administration system https://studentsonline.uct.ac.za
http://studentsonline.uct.ac.za
Online student application system https://applyonline.uct.ac.za
http://applyonline.uct.ac.za
Disadvantage factor calculator https://disadvancalc.uct.ac.za
http://disadvancalc.uct.ac.za

 

  • Cell C

    • UCT website: https://www.uct.ac.za & http://www.uct.ac.za
    • UCT Libraries: https://www.lib.uct.ac.za & http://www.lib.uct.ac.za
    • Open UCT: https://open.uct.ac.za & http://open.uct.ac.za
    • Vula: https://vula.uct.ac.za & http://vula.uct.ac.za
    • Lecture videos (Opencast): https://media.uct.ac.za & http://media.uct.ac.za
    • Web authentication (ADFS): any URL that contains adfs.uct.ac.za
      NOTE: Please note that the actual authentication, via adfs.uct.ac.za, is zero-rated. Should you be authenticating to a site other than the ones listed above as zero rated, those links will incur data charges (e.g. LinkedIn Learning).
    • UCT news updates: 
      • https://www.news.uct.ac.za/ 
      • http://www.news.uct.ac.za/
    • Staff access portal to student administration system: 
      • https://staffonline.uct.ac.za
      • http://staffonline.uct.ac.za
    • Student access portal to student administration system
      • https://studentsonline.uct.ac.za
      • http://studentsonline.uct.ac.za
    • Online student application system
      • https://applyonline.uct.ac.za
      • http://applyonline.uct.ac.za
    • Disadvantage factor calculator
      • https://disadvancalc.uct.ac.za
      • http://disadvancalc.uct.ac.za
    • Password Self Service: https://password.uct.ac.za
    • https://msldap.uct.ac.za & http://msldap.uct.ac.za
    • https://payonline.uct.ac.za & http://payonline.uct.ac.za
    • https://publicaccess.uct.ac.za & http://publicaccess.uct.ac.za
  • MTN

    • UCT website: https://www.uct.ac.za & http://www.uct.ac.za
    • UCT Libraries: https://www.lib.uct.ac.za & http://www.lib.uct.ac.za
    • UCT journals: https://www.journals.uct.ac.za & http://www.journals.uct.ac.za
    • Vula: https://vula.uct.ac.za & http://vula.uct.ac.za
    • Lecture videos (Opencast): https://media.uct.ac.za & http://media.uct.ac.za
    • Web authentication (ADFS): any URL that contains adfs.uct.ac.za
    • NOTE: Please note that the actual authentication, via adfs.uct.ac.za, is zero-rated. Should you be authenticating to a site other than the ones listed above as zero rated, those links will incur data charges (e.g. LinkedIn Learning).

    When accessing any of the following URLs an Open Network Login page button may appear in the top right corner of your web browser. Close this message by clicking the X next to the button.

    • UCT news updates: 
      • https://www.news.uct.ac.za/ 
      • http://www.news.uct.ac.za/
    • Staff access portal to student administration system: 
      • https://staffonline.uct.ac.za
      • http://staffonline.uct.ac.za
    • Student access portal to student administration system
      • https://studentsonline.uct.ac.za
      • http://studentsonline.uct.ac.za
    • Online student application system
      • https://applyonline.uct.ac.za
      • http://applyonline.uct.ac.za
    • Disadvantage factor calculator
      • https://disadvancalc.uct.ac.za
      • http://disadvancalc.uct.ac.za
  • Telkom

    • UCT website: https://www.uct.ac.za & http://www.uct.ac.za
    • UCT Libraries: https://www.lib.uct.ac.za & http://www.lib.uct.ac.za
    • Open UCT: https://open.uct.ac.za & http://open.uct.ac.za
    • Vula: https://vula.uct.ac.za & http://vula.uct.ac.za
    • Lecture videos (Opencast): https://media.uct.ac.za & http://media.uct.ac.za
    • UCT news updates: https://www.news.uct.ac.za/ & http://www.news.uct.ac.za/
      NOTE: When accessing this URL an Open Network Login page button may appear in the top right corner of your web browser. Close this message by clicking the X next to the button.
    • Web authentication (ADFS): any URL that contains adfs.uct.ac.za
      NOTE: Please note that the actual authentication, via adfs.uct.ac.za, is zero-rated. Should you be authenticating to a site other than the ones listed above as zero rated, those links will incur data charges (e.g. LinkedIn Learning).
  • Vodacom

    • UCT website: https://www.uct.ac.za & http://www.uct.ac.za
    • UCT Libraries: https://www.lib.uct.ac.za & http://www.lib.uct.ac.za
    • UCT journals: https://www.journals.uct.ac.za & http://www.journals.uct.ac.za
    • Vula: https://vula.uct.ac.za & http://vula.uct.ac.za
    • Lecture videos (Opencast): https://media.uct.ac.za & http://media.uct.ac.za
    • UCT news updates: https://www.news.uct.ac.za/ & http://www.news.uct.ac.za/
      NOTE: When accessing this URL an Open Network Login page button may appear in the top right corner of your web browser. Close this message by clicking the X next to the button.
    • UCT journals: https://journals.uct.ac.za/ & http://journals.uct.ac.za/
    • Web authentication (ADFS): any URL that contains adfs.uct.ac.za
      NOTE: Please note that the actual authentication, via adfs.uct.ac.za, is zero-rated. Should you be authenticating to a site other than the ones listed above as zero rated, those links will incur data charges (e.g. LinkedIn Learning).

Mobile data bundles

Cell C, MTN, Telkom and Vodacom have now sent data bundles to registered UCT students who have valid South African mobile numbers. If you're a Vodacom subscriber, you will only be able to check your new data balance via the Vodacom mobile app. If you dial *135# to check your balance via the USSD, it will not reflect.

Cell C

  • 30GB 
    • 10GB available during the day
    • 20GB accessible via Cell C's Nite Data offering (00:00 to 05:00)

MTN

  • 30GB 
    • 10GB available during the day
    • 20GB accessible via MTN’s Night Express offering (01:00 to 04:59)

Telkom (see note below)

  • 40GB 
    • 20GB available during the day
    • 20GB accessible via Telkom’s Night Surfer offering (00:00 to 07:00)

Vodacom

  • 30GB 
    • 10GB available during the day
    • 20GB accessible via Vodacom’s Night Owl offering (00:00 to 05:00)

 

On all networks, the data bundles are valid for 30 days from the day of receipt. If you have not received your data bundle as yet, please ensure your correct mobile number is saved in PeopleSoft and then log a call with the IT Helpdesk using one of the following methods:

Important note about Telkom Mobile

If you are using a Telkom SIM card, your access to certain sites may not be zero-rated if you are roaming (i.e. your connection is listed as Telkom-R – indicating that you are roaming on the Vodacom network). In such cases, your list of zero-rated sites changes to Vodacom’s zero-rated list.

If this is a problem for you, we recommend that you get a pay-as-you-go SIM from Vodacom and use this SIM card to connect to UCT resources. If you do so, please update this number into the SA Cellular Number field in PeopleSoft. If you cannot access PeopleSoft, send the information to the IT Helpdesk so that we can arrange for your future data bundles to be delivered to your new Vodacom number. In your request, please let us know:

  • Your student number
  • Your Telkom Mobile number (which you will no longer use to access UCT resources)
  • Your new Vodacom number (which you will now use for UCT to access UCT resources)

Reduce data usage 

View our recommendations on how to reduce your data usage as well as set and connect to your personal WiFi hotspot.