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CellC launches LTE trial

Michael Robert

Cell C has announced the launch of its much-anticipated Long Term Evolution (LTE) data trial.

A select group of heavy data customers that fall in coverage areas have been identified to form part of Cell C’s free trial LTE service. They will receive a Huawei LTE dongle and 100GB of data to test the company’s service for a limited time.

Cell C currently has sites live on LTE, in each of the trial cities; namely Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria. The company plans to 100 sites before the end of the year.

Cell C does not intend to rollout LTE on a national scale until there is more clarity regarding government’s broadband plans. Cell C would like to see the formation of a consortium consisting of both private and government entities that will be enabled to roll-out a national LTE network, using the spectrum that becomes available when broadcasters switch from analogue to digital.

Unlike other networks in South Africa who are in a race to have the biggest LTE network in South Africa, Cell C seems to be taking a different approach. Cell C are more interested in doing LTE the correct way, not the make shift job.

LTE as it is at the moment is only about 3,8G and can't be clarified as 4G. However LTE Advanced in true 4G.

Cell C got into some trouble when it launched it's HSPA+ network and called it 4G.

It wouldn't be a surprise if Cell C eventually launched an LTE Advanced network which in the correct terminology would be 4G.

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