Cell C has announced that it will expand its 4G/LTE network to the Western Cape in time for the holiday season.
The launch of the LTE network has been scheduled for the 1st of December to coincide with influx of holiday makers that are expected in the region in the coming weeks.
“The first phase of 280 sites across the Western Cape is now complete and ready for customers to enjoy,” Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos said in a statement.
Cell C is planning to invest R8 billion in its LTE network over the next three years, beginning with a focus on metropolitan areas in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape.
As part of this plan Cell C has signed supply agreements with both Huawei and ZTE, in order to drive the rollout of the planned 4,000 LTE sites.
Cell C recently reached speeds of up to 138Mbps on a live LTE-Advanced site during a demonstration at AfricaCom.
“Cell C has this technology available and the capability to make this a commercial reality. We have demonstrated the possibilities at the AfricaCom Conference,” said Cell C.
“The solution also uses Carrier Aggregation, which accounts for the top speeds that Cell C accomplished on this live site. This technology allows two different frequency bands to be joined together for faster downlinks.
“All we need now is the spectrum to become available.”