MTN expands LTE footprint to PE

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iol scitech oct 11 4G REUTERS LTE can theoretically support downloads at 300 Megabits per second (Mbps) or more based on experimental trials.

Port Elizabeth - MTN hasextended the Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to Port Elizabeth, bringing its customers in the windy city onto the high-speed new generation network.

LTE is a new generation network that offers high speeds and low latencies over long distances. LTE can theoretically support downloads at 300 Megabits per second (Mbps) or more based on experimental trials.

“The national rollout of this new generation technology is testament to MTN’s commitment to augmenting its infrastructure and providing its customers with the world class network they have come to expect from us.

“Having pioneered 4G in South Africa, we have raised the bar of what defines superior network performance and our customers have come to expect nothing less from us.

“To have access to a high-speed internet access while on the move has become an essential part of our lives. “Providing MTN customers with the fastest possible internet speeds enables our customers to run their business more efficiently, engage with people from all over the world more effectively,” says Eben Albertyn, chief technology officer at MTN South Africa.

A speed test completed earlier this year found that the MTN LTE download speed was 33.89 Mbps and upload speed 8.48 Mbps. This means LTE customers can upload a photo in six seconds, download a song in four seconds, and a complete movie downloads in minutes.

Albertyn says MTN is delighted to introduce the residents of Port Elizabeth to this high-speed network, and adds that the commercial rollout of this new generation network resonates with MTN’s vision of doing good by connecting cities, towns, townships, suburbs and villages on a digital highway.

“At MTN, we believe that broadband connectivity is the catalyst for socio-economic development. Not only will it help South Africa and the continent bridge the digital divide by bringing ICT services to rural and under-serviced areas, but it will also enable customers to access information in a more multimedia rich way than was possible before,” says Albertyn.

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