Cell C to undertake R200-million network upgarde

August 22, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa

South African mobile operator Cell C will roll out an additional 100 sites in Johannesburg over the next three months to increase network capacity and improve quality. The first 19 will be on air by the end of August.  This is in addition to the existing 959 sites in Johannesburg.

Alan Knott-Craig, Cell C CEO (image: file)

Alan Knott-Craig, Cell C CEO (Image source: File)

Some of the areas earmarked for additional sites in Johannesburg include Sandton, Fourways, Bryanston, Morningside, Soweto and Benoni amongst others.

Cell C will also be building an additional 70 indoor coverage sites in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

“Traffic on our network has doubled over the past year and we’ve been hard at work rolling out new sites and installing additional capacity to cater for this growth and restore quality,” says Alan Knott-Craig, Cell C CEO.

“In particular, the network in Johannesburg and Pretoria has been taking strain.  In addition to the new sites, we have also embarked on a project to optimise close to 900 existing sites in Johannesburg and Pretoria to improve coverage and minimise interference on the network in high-density areas.  We expect these activities to be completed by the end of November 2013.”

Knott-Craig adds that Cell C will continue to roll out new sites, upgrade and optimise existing sites and add additional capacity across its network nationally.   By the end of 2013, Cell C would have 4340 outdoor and indoor sites on air.

The company is also in discussions with Vodacom to implement seamless handover.

Staff Writer

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