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Sep 15 2010 12:51 I-Net Bridge

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Johannesburg - South Africa's third mobile operator Cell C on Wednesday announced the launch of its next generation all IP HSPA+ 900 network in Bloemfontein.  

The network is capable of data speeds up to 21.6Mbps in Bloemfontein, with city averages between 4 and 6Mbps, and in many locations in excess of 10Mbps, it said.

It follows the recent Port Elizabeth launch, as part of the company's nationwide 4GS network rollout.
   
The high-speed network, dubbed 4GS - 4 Great Speed and 4 Great Service - uses Multi Standard Radio (MSR) technology to support the HSPA+ 900 MHz network.

To date, Cell C has deployed 1 600 HSPA+ 900 sites and large-scale user tests are being run in nine major cities.     

The first phase of the 4GS network rollout, set for completion by the end of 2010, will cover approximately 34% of the South African population, with the network being launched on a city-by-city basis.

The mobile operator said it would continue to expand its network rollout and aims to cover 67% of the population by mid 2011.

Cell C's deputy CEO Nigel Hall said the first phase of the Bloemfontein network rollout was complete with around 50% of the city's population covered.

The second phase, set for completion by the end of this year, will provide around 99% population coverage in the city, he said.
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