TECHNOLOGY: 'Speedcover' Comes To the Cape
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Cell C CEO Lars P. Reichelt last Friday ‘switched on’ Cape Town as part of Cell C’s national HSPA+ 900 network rollout. The Cape Town launch follows successful launches in Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and East London and represents the biggest city to date, to be included in Cell C’s 4GS network rollout.
“Cell C’s 4GS – 4 Great Speed & 4 Great Service – Network has come to the Mother City covering 94% of the population with average speeds of between 4-7 Mbps and the best broadband pricing in South Africa!” commented Reichelt, who described the Cape Town launch as the most challenging step in the company’s network rollout plans thus far. “Cape Town is undoubtedly South Africa’s most iconic city and a world class city that, from today, also has world-class wireless data speeds and world-class prices.”
Reichelt said the first phase provides speed cover “from Simon’s Town to Gordons Bay, from Bloubergstrand to Kraaifontein, from Green Point to Hout Bay, i.e. roundabout 94% of Cape Town’s population”. The second phase, expected to be completed by the end of 2010, will provide 100% population coverage in the city and surrounding areas.
“What is significant and remarkable about our network is not only the average speeds of between 4-7 Mbps and the low latency of our HSPA+ 900 all-IP network, or the fact that we cover 94% of the greater Cape Town population today, but it is also the very affordable pricing with as little as R83 per month for the 2GB package and R167 for the 5GB package.”
“Cape Town is a leading commercial city, not only from a South African perspective, but from an international perspective,” commented Reichelt. “The fact that Cell C can now offer a world-class wireless network infrastructure just adds to its attractiveness as a leading destination and location.”
The high-speed network uses world-leading Multi Standard Radio (MSR) technology to support the HSPA+ 900 MHz network, offering data speeds capable of up to 21.6 Mbps. Reichelt underlined that the lower frequency of 900 MHz compared to 2100 MHz provides for much deeper and wider coverage, resulting in a better user experience, higher speeds at the cell edge and enhanced in-door coverage.
“Cell C is the only operator in South Africa to utilise both the 900 MHz and 2100 MHz frequency bands. While HSPA+ 900 delivers area coverage, HSPA+ 2100 delivers capacity where needed.
Reichelt added that customers in Cape Town will now be able to take advantage of Cell C’s two prepaid data offers, when products go on sale in retail outlets. Customers can choose between a 24GB or 60GB offer, with or without a USB Speed Stick.
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