Browsing: Lars Reichelt

It’s a deal that’s been a long time coming. After many months of careful planning and negotiation, Cell C will sell 3 200 of its cellular base stations to US-based American Tower Corp (ATC) for US$430m (R2,9bn). The company will use the money to restructure its balance sheet.

Cell C does not deserve an asymmetrical interconnect rate 10 years after entering the market and the decision to offer the company asymmetry is “unfair”. That’s the view of MTN SA MD Karel Pienaar, who was reacting to the news that the

Cell C has made a pit stop in Polokwane in its race to hook up the country’s main towns and cities to its third-generation mobile network. Polokwane, the capital of Limpopo province, will have 67% network coverage for now, slightly lower

Cell C is continuing to expand it national third-generation (3G) mobile network, announcing on Tuesday that it has launched high-speed Internet services in Mpumalanga capital Nelspruit. The operator, which is the first to deploy a wide-scale broadband

It’s here three days later than usual (thanks to a crazy newsday last Friday), but the latest episode of SA’s business technology podcast, TalkCentral, is now ready for download. In this week’s packed show, hosted by Duncan McLeod and Candice Jones, we talk about — yup, you guessed it — Telkom’s launch of 8ta, SA’s fourth mobile operator

Cell C CEO Lars Reichelt has used a full-page advertisement in Sunday’s City Press newspaper to apologise for “confusion I may have caused” with the company’s controversial “4Gs” branding. At the same time, he has revealed that the operator will switch on

Cell C plans to fight to use the term “4Gs” in its marketing campaign, saying the complaint by its competitors amounts to “corporate bullying”. The mobile operator will appeal against

Cell C will launch its new high-speed 3G network in Cape Town on Thursday, a city that has proved notoriously hard for operators to deliver wireless services. At the same time, Cell C is launching its so-called “4Gs” network in coastal city East London today (Tuesday), following the company’s introduction of broadband services in Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein.

Cell C’s third-generation (3G) cellular network went live in Bloemfontein today, making the city the second in SA to benefit from the operator’s 3G offering. Bloemfontein residents hoping to start using the network will have to wait until Friday, which is when the modems will become available.

South Africans are a cynical lot. When it comes to telecommunications, that cynicism is often justified. Too often, SA operators are big on promises and short on delivery. But Cell C’s new strategy may indeed shake up SA broadband. Cell C CEO Lars Reichelt is a dynamic and colourful character. His colleagues at the cellular network operator say he works harder than anyone they’ve met, often pulling stints late into the night and insisting that his team be available to work similarly long hours.