Cell C officially launches 21 Mbps HSPA+ service

Cell C officially launched its 21 Mbps HSPA+ service in Port Elizabeth at very aggressive rates; 40 Mbps around 6 months away

September 3, 2010
Cell C officially launches 21 Mbps HSPA+ service

Cell C today officially launched its new 21 Mbps HSPA+ mobile broadband service in Port Elizabeth – the first city to gain commercial access to Cell C’s newly deployed HSPA+ network.

Cell C is offering clients two broadband services:

  1. For R1,499 you will get a modem capable of speeds of up to 7.2Mbps and 2GB of data every month for a period of 12 months.
  2. For R2,999 you will get a modem capable of speeds of up to 21.6Mbps and 5GB of data every month for a period of 12 months.

Out of bundle pricing is 39c per MB, well below the standard prepaid rate of R2 per MB from Vodacom and MTN. 

This pricing is setting a new standard in the local cellular market with a far lower per-GB price than any competing service in the market.

According to Cell C CEO Lars Reichelt they are experiencing an average throughput of 5 Mbps to 6 Mbps.  This speed, says Reichelt, is significantly higher than ‘Competitor 1 at 2-3 Mbps and Competitor 2 at 1-2 Mbps.

Reichelt added that realistic uplink speeds on their service is between 1 Mbps and 2 Mbps, again higher than their competitors which he says typically achieves between 0.5 Mbps and 1.5 Mbps upload speeds.

Reichelt added that Cell C will be in a position to upgrade their PE network to 40 Mbps in the next six to eight months.

There have been suggestions that Cell C selected Port Elizabeth because the company is experiencing network issues in the bigger cities.  Reichelt said that PE was selected because it represents a good cross section of customers, it is big enough to be meaningful but not big enough to be a problem.

Cell C 21 Mbps HSPA+ service << comments and views

Free Email Newsletter:
Subscribe

Shutterstock is the image partner of MyBroadband – technology images can be found here

Join the conversation

Connect with MyBB

twitterfacebookandroidappleblackberrynewsletterfeed

Poll

Do you think South Africa should invest heavily in solar power instead of coal fuelled power stations?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

Playing video games is good for your brain

Brain stimulation

Whether playing video games has negative effects is something that has been debated for 30 years

SAA acting CEO has no degree: report

South African cloud

SA Airways acting chief executive Nico Bezuidenhout is the latest in a series of high-profile executives and politicians who have been exposed for overstating their qualifications

Internet services: use public money to help everyone benefit

Internet

Public money built the Internet, and it can be used wisely to help everyone benefit from what it can offer, writes Jon Crowcroft

2014 – controversy and disconnection

South Africa keyboard

For the powers-that-be to succeed in providing good communications to SA citizens, it is industry that we will have to look to

Free MyBroadband Newsletter:
Subscribe
X
bool(true)