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Cell C broadband arrives in Jo’burg

Cell C CEO Lars Reichelt

Cell C will switch on its next-generation broadband mobile network in Johannesburg and Pretoria next week, the network operator has confirmed. It will launch the network next Wednesday, 17 November, in the country’s most populous region.

Media have been invited to an event in Sandton next Wednesday morning at which CEO Lars Reichelt is expected to launch the network.

Cell C has slowly rolled out its network around the country, starting in the smaller centres. Reichelt has said that deploying the network in Gauteng has thrown up a number of technical challenges.

The company is “refarming” — or redeploying — a portion of its radio frequency spectrum in the 900MHz band for use by its third-generation (3G) network. Cell C regards its use of the 900MHz band for 3G as a big competitive advantage over bigger rivals MTN and Vodacom.

Among other things, the lower frequency means better indoor coverage for broadband signals.

MTN and Vodacom can’t refarm their 900MHz spectrum as easily as Cell C as they have more subscribers using that spectrum for voice telephony.

Meanwhile, Cell C has announced that it has launched its 3G network in Richards Bay and Witbank. It’s already launched it in Cape Town, Durban, George, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, East London, Nelspruit and Pietermaritzburg.  — Staff reporter, TechCentral


  1. Nic, the coverage in Roodepoort (as I tested last night) is non-existent. First it connected to Vodacom roaming, then to a Cell C tower with just EDGE.

  2. Nicolascallegari on

    @C – put a Cell C sim in my iPhone today and coverage is great in my area of Roodepoort. Now they just need to turn 3G on.

    @Pule – 8.ta roams on MTN so where there is MTN, you’ll have 8.ta coverage.

  3. I hope there is coverage in Kempton Park (glen marais/pomona)….vodacom signal there sucks…moved up from the cape 3 months ago with my prepaid vodacom e220 where i had full hsdpa coverage in stellenbosch…only to get wonderfully fast GPRS coverage in glen marais…if coverage is good i am definitely getting cell c’s 7.2mbps modem…ASAP!

  4. @Lars: definitely not slow at all – but yes, your highly anticipated affordable kickass 3.75G network couldn’t arrive any sooner. We’re impressed so far. Can’t wait for the JHB launch..

  5. Lars, I am in Orlando West, Soweto. When are you guys coming to Soweto? I am ready to throw Vodacom out through the window.

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