Cell C adds spectrum to boost HSPA+ services

The operator is to use additional bandwidth to expand network capacity

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Cell C adds spectrum to boost HSPA+ services Cell C's additional spectrum of 5MHz to be used for its HSPA+ network services.
By  Nithyasree Trivikram Published  March 6, 2011

South Africa's telecom regulator, ICASA, has approved Cell C to have an additional spectrum in the 2100MHz frequency band. This will enable the mobile operator to have an additional 5MHz to its existing 2x10MHz 3G spectrum to be used for its HSPA+ network services.

Lars Reichelt, CEO of Cell C, said that the additional bandwidth will be used for HSPA+ services, particularly for capacity and in-fill wherever required. Cell C, which launched its HSPA+ network last September, tied up with Chinese vendor ZTE to deploy and manage the network in South Africa.

The regulator states that Telkom has shown interest in applying for the remaining 5MHz spectrum to take the fixed operator's total assignment to 2x15MHz, which is in line with Vodacom, MTN and Cell C.

Cell C had earlier requested ICASA to consider asymmetry mobile termination rates to support its business and investments in the country.

In January, this year, ICASA implemented the asymmetry provisions of the call termination regulations that said that all licensees other than MTN and Vodacom are entitled to charge based on an asymmetric wholesale call termination rate for termination to a mobile location. The same is stated to be applicable for termination to a fixed location as well with the exception of the fixed incumbent, Telkom.

According to Mobile World analysts, the market share figures for the three operators are Vodacom 51.8%, MTN 33.3%, and Cell C 14.9%.

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