The network, which will use WBS’s existing spectrum in the 1,800MHz and 2,600MHz bands for LTE-A or 4.5G connectivity, will provide high-speed broadband to customers and businesses. According to WBS, “it will be superior to ADSL offerings and an attractive alternative to fibre-to-the-home.” The company will offer mobile broadband on smartphones, tablets and other devices supporting the Internet of Things after the network is rolled out.
WBS chairman, Paul Harris, says the investment will give South Africa’s economy the boost it needs: “There is empirical evidence of a direct correlation between access to fast Internet and GDP growth, and therefore employment.”
WBS was acquired in 2015 by network management firm Multisource, and its subsidiaries, iBurst and Broadlink, have about 400 base stations and related infrastructure.
The national LTE-A rollout is expected to start in the next few months.