Cell C scraps wholesale FWA LTE access

29 Aug 2019

South African mobile operator Cell C is poised to discontinue its wholesale fixed-wireless LTE service, Tech Central reports, citing correspondence between Internet Solutions and its channel partners. The site says that Cell C will continue to offer fixed-wireless LTE packages to its own customers, while other affected wholesaler providers are thought to include Afrihost and Vox. All 100GB and 200GB packages will be terminated at midnight on 31 October, while 20GB and 50GB packages will cease working on 31 December.

The Internet Solutions letter explains: ‘This is a result of Cell C’s numerous business challenges, including their inability to sustainably support the demand that fixed LTE has placed on its network … Through extensive negotiations, we have made every effort to find a suitable alternative for our customers and Cell C to ensure there is no interruption in connectivity. These conversations did not yield the desired outcome of keeping our customers connected via Cell C’s fixed LTE.’