iBurst to test LTE network

On 4 November 2015, Multisource completed its acquisition of WBS – the parent company of iBurst and Broadlink – following approval from the Competition Commission and Icasa.

Duncan Simpson-Craib has been appointed as Group CEO, while Phumlani Moholi will head up the company’s network.

Multisource said it is planning to “develop the existing businesses and network to leverage the valuable spectrum licence that WBS holds”.

Simpson-Craib told MyBroadband they plan to spend the coming months testing a small LTE network, and defining a strategy going forward.

The network will make use of the company’s 1,800MHz spectrum, which is suitable for LTE networks.

Simpson-Craib said it would be ideal to move the current iBurst subscribers to an LTE network. However, it is not a certainty at this stage.

He said a full pricing review will happen before any decisions are made regarding the existing iBurst customers. “We will obviously try and look after the existing customer base,” said Simpson-Craib.

Broadlink, which is a profitable part of the WBS stable, will continue to be run by Mike Brown.

“Current Broadlink services will remain, but we will be doing full business reviews for all group companies which will hopefully lead to new and exciting offerings,” said Simpson-Craib.

iBurst also has 2,600MHz spectrum, but there are currently no plans to make use of this asset.

Simpson-Craib said they are not talking to any mobile operators regarding a spectrum sharing deal. “Regulations do not allow for spectrum sharing.”

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