by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG – MILLIONS of South Africans are to access 4G roaming after Liquid Telecom South Africa secured MTN as its first customer to offer the service.
The offering includes Long Term Evolution (LTE) services to fuel the growing demand for high speed mobile broadband.
The wholesale roaming service will be made available across Liquid Telecom’s network nationwide.
Reshaad Sha, Chief Executive Officer of Liquid Telecom South Africa, said they had an opportunity to utilise existing spectrum assets, so more people than ever would have access to fast and reliable mobile internet, across Liquid Telecom’s network nationwide for the first time.
“This builds on our vision to give everyone the right to be connected by bringing high-speed broadband connectivity to all. The benefits are massive, particularly for organisations keen to fully embrace ‘digital transformation’ to improve productivity, customer service and performance,” Sha said.
Godfrey Motsa, MTN South Africa CEO, said the infrastructure sharing deal was good for the industry, as it reduced the need for excessively high capital investment.
It was also enable customers benefit from greater access to fast and reliable mobile data, he said.
“Our focus is offering the very best experience to our millions of customers and by roaming on Liquid Telecom, we are deepening our commitment to continue to be the best network in South Africa, through our consistent and reliable network performance,” Motsa said.
Liquid Telecom has been investing across the continent where it operates Africa’s largest independent fibre network that is almost 70 000km in length and linked to more than 660 towns and cities in 13 countries.
This includes the recent completion of Liquid Telecom’s award winning ‘Cape to Cairo’ network that represents the first direct land-based terrestrial fibre link between the South African and Egyptian cities respectively.
– CAJ News