Number one operator in South Africa launches LTE

The market-leading South African operator MTN has constructed its LTE network using equipment from Ericsson. This is the first commercial LTE network that the Swedish vendor has built in Africa. The launch comes after the pilot network has been running for more than a year.

Along with its RBS 6000 family of base stations, Ericsson is supplying the Evolved Packet Core, Home Subscriber Server (HSS) for user data management, Operating Support Systems (OSS), project management and services. The network will be rolled out across the country.

Long Term Evolution (LTE), the next generation of mobile communication technology, enables the fast transfer of huge amounts of data in an efficient and cost-effective manner, optimising the use of spectrum. The increased capacity and lower latency will allow subscribers effortless access to faster web browsing, online gaming, social media and video.

Lambo Kanagaratnam, MTN South Africa Chief Technology Officer, said: "MTN's first LTE network will enable our South African customers an experience that is more efficient and seamless."

Lars Lindén, head of Region Sub-Saharan Africa, Ericsson, said: "This will open countless opportunities and will change the way people work, live and play. The commercial deployment of LTE will help users experience and interact in a better, more efficient way." 

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