Cell C switches on LTE-Advanced in SA

Cell C's head office in Johannesburg. (Gareth van Zyl)
Cell C's head office in Johannesburg. (Gareth van Zyl)

Johannesburg - South Africa’s third largest mobile network Cell C says it has activated its LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town.

LTE-A represents the next evolution in an LTE network as it delivers faster data download speeds of up to 100Mbps.

Cell C’s move to launch LTE-A comes after the company was the last among major networks to launch LTE last year in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Rivals Vodacom and MTN launched LTE networks in 2012.

“Cell C is committed to becoming the broadband destination of choice for South African consumers and the commercial launch of our LTE-A network just reiterates that promise to our customers,” said Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos.

Cell C’s LTE-A network is set to be available on what is dubbed ‘category 6’ handsets such as the Samsung Note 5 (SM-920C), Samsung S6 EDGE (SM-G928C), Apple iPhone 6S, Apple iPhone 6S Plus, Huawei Mate 8_DS, Samsung S7 Flat (G930F), Samsung S7 Edge (G935F)  and LG G5 (H850).

Cell C further said that customers using these devices will only be able to see a 4G or LTE symbol, but that they will experience faster downloads.

The roll-out of LTE-A in KwaZulu-Natal is further set to commence in the coming months and will be completed in the third quarter of this year, said the company.

Other networks that have rolled out LTE-A networks in South Africa include the likes of Telkom and MTN.

Cell C is South Africa's third largest mobile network with over 22 million subscribers.

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