South African mobile operator Cell C has confirmed the commercial launch of its 900MHz HSPA+ network in Port Elizabeth. The HSPA+ network is based on a Release 7 platform, and offers theoretical data transmission speeds of 21.6Mbps. To date, 1,600 ‘HSPA+ 900’ sites have been deployed, with Cell C running large-scale user tests in ten major cities. Bloemfontein is next in line, followed by Durban. It has been reported that Cell C is struggling with its HSPA+ network in Johannesburg, however, which may result in a significant delay. Nevertheless, the first phase of Cell C’s HSPA+ network rollout is expected to be completed by the end of 2010, with coverage of 34% of the population. The company will continue its expansion in 2011, and aims to reach 67% of the population by mid-2011.