Cell C CEO Alan Knott-Craig explained that they have negotiated a 3G roaming option for areas where Cell C does not have sufficient HSPA+ coverage, but the operator’s growth is such that this option may not be used.
“We have not yet decided to use that option, as our HSPA+ coverage is of better quality and we are expanding aggressively,” said Knott-Craig.
The Cell C CEO said that they currently have more than 3000 HSPA+ sites across the country and are currently building between 100 to 150 HSPA+ base stations per month.
Cell C’s network is still lagging behind Vodacom’s broadband network which is approaching 5,500 3G base stations, of which 75% are 43.2Mbps enabled.
However, at the current growth rate Cell C is catching up with Vodacom and MTN.