Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos has hinted at the possible commercial launch of a nationwide Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, BusinessTech reports. Speaking at a conference in Midrand, the executive disclosed that the company would make an announcement regarding its future LTE plans within the next two weeks.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the carrier switched on its 4G network in Cape Town, Durban, and a number of unspecified coastal holiday resorts in December 2012, utilising re-farmed 900MHz spectrum. The LTE rollout was subsequently expanded to Johannesburg and Pretoria in early 2013, although the operator said that it would not deploy the network on a national scale until there was more clarity regarding the government’s broadband plans. ‘Cell C would like to see the formation of a consortium consisting of both private and government entities that will be enabled to roll out a national LTE network, using the spectrum that becomes available when broadcasters switch from analogue to digital’, a company spokesperson was cited as saying.