Cell C decommissions physical network in three provinces

1 Jul 2021

Cell C has revealed that it has made significant progress in migrating its customers from its own RAN to the network of roaming partner MTN. As part of the project, Cell C will decommission its physical RAN, including towers, antennae, radio and transmission equipment, while MTN will provide a virtual RAN for Cell C’s clients. The cellco has switched off all network sites (34% of total network) in the provinces of Eastern Cape, Free State and Northern Cape, with another 10% of its network sites – in North-West, Limpopo, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga – to follow within the next six months. The project is expected to be completed nationwide by 2023. Chief technology officer Schalk Visser said: ‘Our network strategy is to strengthen our position as a wholesale buyer and aggregator of network capacity with a quality network and become a digital services provider. Through its expanded roaming agreement with MTN, Cell C will have access to more than 12,500 4G/LTE-ready sites for its prepaid and MVNO customers across the country, with completion scheduled for late 2023.’

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