MTN trials LTE in Cape Town

MTN brought LTE to Cape Town for the first time during AfricaCom
MTN gave Cape Town its first taste of LTE last week.
MTN gave Cape Town its first taste of LTE last week.


South African telco MTN staged a pilot operation for LTE in Cape Town last week, in conjunction with network vendor, Ericsson.

The pilot, which covered Cape Town’s International Convention Centre (ICC), followed MTN’s LTE pilot covering over 100 sites in Gauteng in July.

Kanagaratnam Lambotharan, chief technology officer, MTN South Africa, said: “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.”

The LTE network was available at the ICC for the duration of AfricaCom, a trade event for the telecoms sector, between 9 and 10 November.

MTN expects to deploy a commercial LTE network throughout South Africa within the next two to three years.

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