MTN’s HSDPA here for Easter

MTN announced today that consumers in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth will be able to enjoy their HSDPA offering before Easter.

Bernice Samuels, General Manager: Marketing and Corporate Affairs at MTN, said that MTN has activated HSDPA on their highest usage 3G sites, making commercial HSDPA available to their subscribers ‘in most urban areas’.

Samuels pointed out that MTN is investing significant funds in their data network. “MTN is investing in excess of R600 million this financial year in its 3G network as it advances the roll-out of sites across South Africa,” she said.

The availability of HSDPA data cards has been a problem for MTN, with ‘most stock being sold through into the corporate market’. According to Daniels users will not have to wait too much longer.

“MTN data cards that offer 3G Evolved services and also support 3G, 3G Evolved, EDGE and GPRS [will be] available on the market in time for Easter,’’ she said.

MTN reiterated that they have launched this 3G upgrade first, stating that “HSDPA went live on the MTN network on March 22, the first mobile operator to launch in South Africa.”

Vodacom has announced that their service will be commercially available on the 2nd of April. They have already upgraded all their 3G sites to HSDPA, and have coverage in all major South African cities and towns. Vodacom is confident that their HSDPA data cards will be available in shops around the country at the time of their launch.

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