South African mobile operator MTN has introduced LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) services in South Africa, with Cape Town’s suburb of Camps Bay, Moreleta Park (Pretoria) and the Gautrain station in Rosebank (Johannesburg) the first sites to receive the service. Domestic news source MyBroadband cited MTN as saying that a ‘lack of critical high-value spectrum’ meant that it had to refarm existing spectrum to deploy the new service. The operator added: ‘LTE-A offers MTN’s customers a cutting-edge network experience that is robust – it packs more speed into the same amount of spectrum. LTE-A is still relatively new and thus only a few high-end devices are compatible with this network.’
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, MTN launched its LTE service in November 2013 in Bloemfontein, using refarmed spectrum in the 1800MHz band. The network currently covers selected locations in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban, Bloemfontein, Vereeniging, Centurion, Richards Bay, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.