MTN has announced that consumers will be able to purchase LTE (Long Term Evolution) devices from the service provider from 1 December and that MTN will support LTE in certain areas of South Africa from that date.
Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban are all listed as areas where MTN’s LTE coverage will be active, while a more refined search for the service’s availability can be performed on the company’s coverage map by entering a street name in the street level search. The areas are: Pretoria (Menlyn, Centurion, Pretoria East, Hatfield and Midrand), Johannesburg (Sandton, Rosebank, Fourways, Roodepoort, Fairlands, and O.R. Tambo International Airport) and Durban (Westville, Pinetown, Kloof, Hillcrest, Tongaat, Queensburgh, Amanzimtoti King Shaka International Airport & Umhlanga).
Chief technology office at MTN Kanagaratnam Lambotharan said “Having piloted LTE for some time now, we are confident that we have made significant milestones in providing access to this technology and are happy to be able to offer our customers the LTE experience over our world-class MTN network.”
“As we know, mobile users like to browse the Internet, share photos, download music and watch video clips and have therefore created a need for enhanced and uninterrupted experience for the Internet on the network, especially with video. This has resulted in the global move towards LTE. LTE is much faster than HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) and offers more capacity. We are proud to announce the commercial availability of LTE – which means video streaming with no interruptions, better conferencing and downloads, and overall faster Internet browsing for our consumers.”
MTN’s LTE coverage rollout follows that of Vodacom’s, the most recent of which was the activation of LTE coverage in Durban.