MTN and City Power in infrastructure deal

Skerminkel

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What is a street pole? A lamp posts, or some dedicated communications mast?
What will MTN physically use them for - install transmitters, or what?
 

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MTN South Africa has partnered with City Power in Johannesburg and now has access to all of the power electricity distributor’s street pole infrastructure.

This is according to MTN’s head of radio planning & optimisation, Krishna Chetty, who was answering questions at an MTN event held on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 in Sandton.

At the event, Chetty said that MTN currently covers 99% of South Africa’s population with 2G technology, 75% with 3G, and around 3-million people with Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology.

Chetty said that MTN was the only mobile operator that has struck such a deal with City Power and that under the terms of the agreement they will be able to roll out embedded telecommunications infrastructure to street poles.

This forms part of MTN’s plans to invest heavily in its infrastructure, and Chetty said that MTN would probably invest around R4-billion into its network during 2014.

75% with 3G
Consistent drops and very poor reception - BS on the 75%
 

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Great, so now the rampant cable theft in my suburb will also take out cell phone connectivity. Orsum.
 

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Seriously jes, please explain:

What is a street pole? A lamp posts, or some dedicated communications mast?
What will MTN physically use them for - install transmitters, or what?

...under the terms of the agreement they will be able to roll out embedded telecommunications infrastructure to street poles.

This could mean anything.
 

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Look, just between us, I think jes is a little preoccupied atm so won't reply in a hurry. Illegally selling concert tickets and copy-pasting rpm's articles etc.

Just saying...
 

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I would assume its lamp posts as well as any poles carrying lower voltage power lines.

They probably put omni antennas or micro BTS' on these.

The killer would be if they were to string overhead fibre....
 

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MTN head of radio planning & optimisation, Krishna Chetty:
This forms part of MTN’s plans to invest heavily in its infrastructure, and Chetty said that MTN would probably invest around R4-billion into its network during 2014.
MTN SA CEO, Zunaid Bulbulia:
Implications for the industry going forward are an Eskom-type outcome where there’s rolling blackouts of the network because we just don’t have the free cash in our business.

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MTN?
 

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Hopefully they are thinking ahead and installing comprehensive coverage of LittleBrother 3000 (tm) micro-cell-tower packages on each street-pole, in order to keep us safe, each fitted with a wifi router, panoramic cameras, laser microphones, infra-red motion detectors, gunshot detectors and possibly even EU-style "remote stop" nodes?
 
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