Neotel CEO, Sunil Joshi told journalists at a media presentation on Wednesday (7 November) that an LTE trial was still operational at its Midrand campus.
He said that the group was not only testing LTE as a technology, but also partners to work on that technology.
Joshi said that Neotel was getting in the region of 70 Mbps at its Midrand campus; however, he cautioned that the trial “is still a work in progress”. The company chief added that Neotel hoped to get finality before the end of the fiscal year, ending March 2013.
Vodacom became the first operator in South Africa to launch a commercial LTE service, having switched on its LTE network on 10 October 2012. On Wednesday (7 November), it announced that it had increased its LTE network to include 200 base stations.
Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub said that, by the end of the year, the group aimed to have 500 sites enabled for LTE with a theoretical speed capability of over 100 Mbps.
In a live demonstration at the MyBroadband Conference in October, 8ta showed LTE speeds of up to 80 Mbps.
Neotel said on Wednesday that it currently serves 130,000 consumer customers, and 2,400 enterprise customers.