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Telkom expands LTE-A to new suburbs


Telkom has expanded its next-generation LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network to an additional 22 suburbs across South Africa, the telecommunications operator said on Tuesday.

Areas that now have coverage are Carlswald, Highveld, Halfway Gardens, Houghton Estate, Illovo, Melrose, Midstream Estate, Midlands Estate, Noordwyk, Parktown, Parktown North, Parkview, Greenside, Sandhurst, Saxonwold, Vorna Valley, Kyalami Hills, Killarney, Green Point and Craighall Park in Gauteng; Rondebosch, Rosebank, Sea Point, Three Anchor Bay and Mouille Point in the Western Cape; and Umhlanga and Prestondale in KwaZulu-Natal.

Telkom has an advantage over rival providers as it has access to sufficient spectrum to deploy LTE-A technology. Vodacom has said previously it is ready to switch on an LTE-A network, but can’t do so until it gets access to additional spectrum assets.

Telkom has access to 60MHz of spectrum in the 2,3GHz band, some of which it is using for its LTE-A roll-out.

The company said speeds in LTE-A coverage areas are “comparable to speeds available over a fibre network and offer a compelling alternative to fixed-line broadband for high-speed connectivity”.

Telkom’s LTE-A wireless broadband service supports downlink speeds of up to 150Mbit/s (users will in practice not get access that fast, however).

The company first unveiled its LTE-A plans late last year, when it demonstrated peak speeds of 380Mbit/s at a consumer technology event.  — © 2015 NewsCentral Media


  1. when is telkom opening its LTE for all LTE phones only Ipone 6 is supported for LTE

  2. Ofentse Letsholo on

    It’s because only the iPhone supports TD-LTE because of Asian market so Apple made 1 phone that supports global bands and Telkom uses ONLY TD-LTE bands. Other OEMs make TD-LTE for specific regions not for “global phones” and that’s why u see lots of versions of 1 phone e.g. Samsung Galaxy S6 Available versions: SM-G9200 (Hong Kong), SM-G9208 (China), SM-G9208/SS (China), SM-G9209 (China), SM-G920A (AT&T), SM-G920F (Global), SM-G920FD (Pakistan, Philippines), SM-G920I (LATAM, Singapore, India, Australia), SM-G920S (Korea), SM-G920T (T-Mobile), so Apple avoids that. I think maybe when u order them from Telkom that’s when u will see their LTE(TD) phones.

  3. Danny Baromen on

    Telkom is the ONLY network in SA that has a license from ICASA to deploy LTE in the proper LTE bands and frequencies, that’s why devices can only pickup LTE via Telkom…

    When ICASA/Gooberment releases the licenses for the other networks, they will work with LTE too…

  4. William Stucke on

    Telkom does not have an LTE licence from ICASA, because no such thing exists. All operators have an I-ECNS licence, which entitles them to operate a network on a national basis. The incumbents – previously advantaged licensees, like Telkom, Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, Neotel and WBS – also all have spectrum licences which include some “High Demand spectrum”.
    Telkom has much more than anyone else – some 268 MHz – compared to around 80 for the others except WBS who have 49 MHz.
    It’s the fact that they have much more spectrum, including, as the article points out, 60 MHz in the 2.6 GHz band that enables them to use more of it for LTE than their competitors.
    As Ofentse correctly says, Telkom is operating their LTE-A in 2.6 GHz in TDD mode. It was previously configured with 2×70 MHz FDD and 50 MHz TDD, but ICASA’s new band plan changes it all to 200 MHz of TDD. TDD is better suited to data usage, as it makes it easier to have asymmetrical traffic – downloading more than uploading, say. LTE is entirely data oriented.
    More phones will become available to operate in TDD mode in the 2.6 GHz band, I’m sure.

    Of course, your guess is as good as mine when the high demand spectrum will be released. The promise of a policy “Real Soon Now” is perhaps a hopeful sign.

  5. correction, they use 2.3 gHz and not 2.6 Ghz as stated by William Stucke. Iphone 5c and 5S support Telkom LTE. they need to look for LTE band 40.

  6. Al this being said i am now using LTE on Vodacom with both my phones from different manufactures and it picks up 4 G so can the techy guys please explain this to us why vodacom is open for any phone to use LTE that is LTE compatible

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