iBurst will be proceeding with the LTE rollout “as indicated in the press release earlier this year”. This is according to Joe Kgamedi, head of regulatory affairs at iBurst.
In October 2011 the iBurst holding company, Wireless Business Solutions (WBS), said that it would roll out a full-fledged high-performance broadband network by the middle of 2012.
At the time WBS said it would be the first telecommunications provider in South Africa to roll out a commercial LTE network in South Africa.
The mid-2012 deadline has come and gone, but iBurst seems upbeat that the LTE network will still happen.
Kgamedi said that they will be proceeding with the LTE roll out, and that they would be doing this from the second half of 2012.
iBurst is in the fortunate position of having 1.8GHz and 2.6GHz spectrum which is suitable for the roll out of an LTE network.
Industry speculation suggests that iBurst is planning to replace its existing iBurst network (which makes use of the dying iBurst technology) with their new LTE network.