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Cell C rolls out LTE in the Western Cape


Cell C has set 1 December 2015 as the commercial launch of its LTE service to customers in the Western Cape.
“I am exceptionally proud of the team for getting the Western Cape up and running so quickly. The first phase of 280 sites across the Western Cape is now complete and ready for customers to enjoy,” says Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos.
As a launch offer, the first 1 000 customers to visit the Cell C Walk in Customer Care Centre in Tygervalley on 1 December will be able to purchase a 100Gb of data, valid for three months, for R100.00.
“The offer was such a success in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal that we had to make the offer available to those in the Western Cape,” says Dos Santos.
The commercial launch of LTE in the Western Cape follows over R2-billion investment in the company’s LTE data network this year. Cell C will invest another R6-billion over the next two years to roll out LTE in other provinces and extend coverage to other parts of Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape.
Cell C has also set aside capital to invest in an additional 1 600 fibre links to be rolled out in the new financial year. Backhaul to all the sites that are live on LTE has already been bolstered with upgrades to ensure that they are self-provisioned.
“The Western Cape is also in line for a core transmission backbone upgrade to 100Gbps,” says Dos Santos.
The LTE launch co-incides with Cell C’s network harmonisation project, which is 95% complete, bringing wider coverage and more stability to the network in the region. For customers using 3G, the company has also implemented Dual Carrier in the region, which has had a positive impact on the 3G quality and speeds customers are experiencing.