Partnership 'critical' for LTE in SA

2012-11-19 11:02
Cisco managing director Alpheus Mangale has urged companies to collaborate on LTE. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Cisco managing director Alpheus Mangale has urged companies to collaborate on LTE. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - It is imperative that mobile operators collaborate on the rollout of Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks to save cost and build a more robust service, an industry player has urged.

"I think the industry will to be foolish to think that you will be successful on your own. We are operating in an environment where collaboration and co-operation will give us and bring us better success quicker," Alpheus Mangale, managing director of Cisco told News24.

Mobile operators in SA established their networks as unique differentiators as they raced for coverage when the service was first rolled out in the early 1990s.

At the time, then Vodacom CEO Alan Knott-Craig pushed his staff to build a new base station every day, according to his book, Second is Nothing.

Mangale said the cost of deploying network infrastructure was expensive and as the country anticipated higher speeds, it would make more sense for companies to work together to reduce their input costs.

Agreement


"You know the cost of deploying the network is absolutely horrendous; it doesn't make any practical sense for all the operators to go and deploy the same networks.

"Why not deploy one network and build enough capacity on that network and share it among each other? And take that investment where you would have built 10 LTE networks, and why don't you build one big robust network that everybody shares?" said Mangale.

At least one operator agrees with this view.

Cell C CEO Knott-Craig has argued that a national private entity should manage mobile broadband spectrum and this would reduce cost for mobile operators in rolling out the service.

"A national wholesale broadband network would address these challenges, as spectrum would be allocated to a single entity made up of operators and entities (including state-owned companies) that have the means and willingness to participate in this initiative.  Capital expenditure per company would also be significantly less," Knott-Craig said.

The saving should be passed on to consumers, who would then get the double benefit of high speed and lower cost, said Mangale.

"It makes sense from a commercial point of view; it makes sense for consumers because we get fast access in terms of those services. So I don't think it will be smarter for operators or any companies in the industry to say they can exist in isolation."


- Follow Duncan on Twitter
 
- News24

Read more on:    cell c  |  vodacom  |  cisco  |  mobile
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
6 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Fashion
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Friday Cape Town - 16:15 PM
    Road name: Wet Weather
    RAIN across the greater Cape Town area - drive with care and use headlights - Allow Extra Tavel Time
  • Friday Kuils River - 09:28 AM
    Road name: Polkadraai Road Eastbound
    ROADWORKS between the R102 Van Riebeeck Road and the R310 Baden Powell Drive exit - DELAYS
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2 TV Series for R250

Get 2 TV Series box sets for R250 and save up to R148! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB

There are no straight lines in nature. The Samsung  GALAXY...

From R3795.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The day may have a fluctuating sensitive energy to begin with, but later when the Moon moves into dramatic and creative Leo you...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.