LTE not ready yet: Cell C

A recent carrier update from Apple enabled Long Term Evolution (LTE) support for the iPhone 5 on the Cell C network, but the operator is not yet ready to commercially launch the service.

In a statement on the MyBroadband forum, a Cell C representative said: “Cell C will notify customers when the company launches LTE to its general customer base.”

Asked for more details, Cell C said that it has no timeframe for their LTE launch just yet.

The operator’s spokesperson also explained that once they had launched LTE, subscribers would have to make sure that they have a USIM that’s LTE-provisioned to use the LTE network.

In April, Cell C CEO Alan Knott-Craig, said that the group has grown its network coverage to 97% of the South African population, with over 4,000 base stations around the country.

Knott-Craig told MyBroadband that Cell C currently has around 4,000 cellular sites nationally, of which 3,500 are 42Mbps HSPA enabled (providing a 79% 3G/HSPA population coverage).

Cell C also has 100 active LTE sites, with a target to increase this number to 1,000 by the end of the year.

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