Cell C announced recently that it has completed its Radio Access Network (RAN) upgrade project in Gauteng.
According to Cell C the RAN upgrade involved a complete modernisation of their network, including replacing out-dated equipment on 1,215 base stations across Gauteng.
In addition to this, Cell C spent part of its R2,3 billion capital investment on the roll-out of new towers across the country, in order to increase their capacity and coverage.
During 2014 Cell C erected 422 towers across the country, 256 of which were in Gauteng. There are also plans for an additional 158 towers in Gauteng which are expected to go live in early 2015.
Significant improvements have also been made to the management of the network from a site dependency and network redundancy point of view. This is expected to eliminate cluster outages as a result of single point failures.
According to the operator, this modernisation of the network, and the increased stability it will bring to their coverage, is the first step in creating the required framework for their Long Term Evolution (LTE) strategy for the coming year.
Following this upgrade Cell C has plans to begin fibre roll-outs. “We have also invested significantly in fibre deployment across the country and connecting fibre to each of our base stations is one of the company’s top priorities in 2015 in line with our LTE strategy,” said Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos.