Cisco South Africa GM, Alpheus Mangale says that the transition from 3G to LTE is likely to be over a period of several years, and says operators should continue look for strategies and solutions that will enhance their existing networks.
“Mobile operators in South Africa are now realizing that if they are to succeed in today’s communications landscape, they must address the quality of experience for their users,” Mangale told BusinessTech in a written interview.
“The transition from 3G to [LTE] is likely to be over a period of several years, as was and continues to be the case still with the transition from 2G to 3G.
“As a result, mobile operators in South Africa must look for strategies and solutions that will enhance their existing 3G networks, while addressing their [LTE] deployment requirements without requiring a ‘forklift’ upgrade.
The Cisco SA lead said that the deployment of LTE is another step in the evolution of the mobile network.
To this end, Cisco is working with mobile operators to provide the multimedia core network which is readily upgradeable to the requirements of another LTE architecture called Systems Architecture Evolution (SAE).
“At Cisco our entire focus is on the multimedia core network and the challenge it presents to the mobile operator.”