MTN announced today (8 November 2011) that it is piloting the first ever Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Cape Town.
“It is the first time that the Mother City has been connected to this new generation network that MTN is piloting in conjunction with Ericsson,” MTN said in a press statement.
The deployment of the LTE network at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Cape Town follows MTN’s LTE pilot covering over 100 sites in Gauteng.
“MTN has been delighted by the phenomenal feedback received from our stakeholders since the Gauteng pilot kicked off in July this year, and it was only natural that a big metropolitan city such as Cape Town should enjoy the benefits of this new generation network,” said Kanagaratnam Lambotharan, MTN South Africa Chief Technology Officer.
“We are confident that the pilot in Cape Town will elevate customer experience in the Mother City and give our stakeholders an invaluable opportunity to optimally tap into future services and applications that the LTE ecosystem is expected to provide.”
The LTE network will only be available at the ICC for the duration of AfricaCom between 9 and 10 November. MTN expects to commercially roll out this new generation network nationally within the next two to three years once the regulator allocates the required spectrum.
MTN refarmed 1800 GHZ sites in Cape Town and ensured that its 3G data network is LTE compliant.