Cell C has announced the commercial availability of its next generation broadband technology, LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town.
LTE Advanced is the next major step in the evolution of our LTE network that will deliver customers faster data speeds and cater for fast-growing demand in data services and content delivery.
“Cell C has become the leading innovator in the South African mobile telecommunications industry,” says Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos. “We were the first and only provider to embrace over-the-top services, like Facebook and WhatsApp, by offering free access and true value to customers for services they love.
“Cell C was the first and currently only operator to offer WiFi Calling giving customers wider coverage and an affordable alternative to international roaming by making any WiFi hotspot a mini Cell C base station.  Now we are the first operator in the country to bring LTE-A on such a large scale covering three of the largest metros in South Africa.”
LTE-A not only brings faster services to our customers, but also better coverage and greater stability. Cell C’s LTE-A footprint overlaps its current LTE footprint, meaning Cell C customers that have LTE-A capable devices in LTE areas will experience the speed of LTE-A.
The rollout of LTE-A in KwaZulu-Natal will begin in the coming months and will be completed in the third quarter of this year.
LTE-A is available on the following handsets, classified as Category 6 handsets: 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.
More handsets and stand-alone data devices will become available in due course.