South African telecoms provider Vodacom has reportedly reached an agreement with technology firm Multisource/Wireless Business Solutions (WBS) – the parent company of ISP iBurst – to roam over its time division duplex LTE-Advanced (TD-LTE-A) network, according to local news source MyBroadband. In addition, WBS has reportedly concluded a deal with Vodacom to utilise some of the company’s infrastructure. WBS will have at least 500 sites active on Vodacom’s facilities by March 2017, with that number set to reach 5,000 by 2020.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in September 2016 Multisource/WBS revealed a ‘multi-billion-rand investment’ for the deployment of a TD-LTE-A network in the next few months. The company will use carrier aggregation (CA) in the 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands for the network, which will be enabled to support 5G when the technology is rolled out internationally within the next five years. The new LTE-A platform will be deployed on several of WBS’s 400 sites, and will be extended to an additional 10,000 sites leased from independent tower companies and other operators. The LTE-A service is set to be marketed under a separate brand, which will be launched next year with ‘innovative products and simplified pricing plans’.