WBS Planning LTE Rollout in South Africa

Telecoms

South Africa based Wireless Business Solutions (WBS), the holding company that owns the WiMAX network, iBurst and Broadlink, has announced plans to roll out a LTE network by mid-2012.

The company said that the development will enable it to reduce congestion the 3G demands of areas in Gauteng such as Sandton, Randburg and Westcliff.

WBS also said that it would not ruling out possibilities of spectrum sharing and partnering in the deployment of LTE.

WBS has already signed up agreements with reputable international partners for equipment supply and equipment funding.

They envisage commencing the LTE deployment this month, and will continue until the first phase where 2,500 base stations are to be built, is completed. WBS expects to launch commercial LTE services in the first half of 2012.