Telkom South Africa Partners with Walt Disney for “Star Wars”

Telkom South Africa, a renowned communications service provider, has made a monumental move by partnering with The Walt Disney Company Africa. This collaboration is centered around the global phenomenon, Star Wars, particularly with the release of the latest installment, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

The partnership marks a significant milestone not only for Telkom and Disney but also for the South African audience, positioning the country as one of the first globally to witness the film.

Telkom’s Vision and Strategy

  • Telkom’s Positioning: Telkom South Africa’s chief marketing officer, Enzo Scarcella, announced this partnership as a strategic move to align Telkom with cutting-edge technology and popular culture.
  • Impact on Brand Image: Leveraging the Star Wars franchise, Telkom aims to enhance its brand image, appealing across generations and demonstrating its commitment to bringing global phenomena to the South African market.

Disney’s Global Appeal

  • Cross-Generational Influence: Star Wars, a franchise that has captivated audiences across multiple generations, serves as a perfect vehicle for Disney to extend its global reach, particularly in emerging markets like South Africa.
  • Expanding Disney’s Footprint: This partnership allows Disney to tap into Telkom’s extensive subscriber base, broadening its audience in Africa.

The Premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

The Premiere of Star Wars - The Force Awakens

  • Release Dates: While the international release was set for December 18, 2015, South African subscribers of Telkom got early access from December 16, 2015.
  • Historical Significance: This early release made South Africa one of the first countries in the world to screen the film, a testament to the impact of the Telkom-Disney partnership.

A Cultural Phenomenon

  • Anticipation and Excitement: The release of “The Force Awakens” generated significant buzz, being the first Star Wars film in a decade and the start of a new trilogy.
  • Engagement Strategies: Telkom leveraged this excitement through various marketing campaigns, engaging a wide range of demographics in South Africa.

Telkom’s Corporate Profile and Influence

A Leader in Communication

  • Revenue and Profit: As of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015, Telkom had a consolidated operating revenue of R31.7 billion and a profit after tax of R2,889 million.
  • Market Presence: With approximately 3.4 million telephone access lines and over 964,196 MSAN ports, Telkom has a substantial presence in the South African telecommunications sector.

Government Partnership

  • Government Shareholding: The Government of the Republic of South Africa is Telkom’s largest shareholder, indicating a strong public-private partnership.
  • Impact on National Infrastructure: This relationship underscores Telkom’s role in shaping South Africa’s communication infrastructure and digital landscape.


The partnership between Telkom South Africa and The Walt Disney Company Africa, centered on the Star Wars franchise, represents a significant stride in global entertainment distribution. It highlights the growing influence of African markets in the global entertainment industry and reflects Telkom’s commitment to bringing cutting-edge content to its subscribers.

This strategic move not only boosts Telkom’s image but also solidifies its position as a leader in the telecommunications sector, bridging the gap between global entertainment and the South African audience.

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