South Africa's Neotel Prepares for LTE Network Launch


South Africa's second landline operator, Neotel is planning a launch of its own LTE network with media invites sent to local journalists to attend an event on the 21st August.

The launch event comes just ahead of the company's own deadline of launching its LTE network by this September. Coverage is expected to be concentrated in area of Gauteng with 50 base stations and will be based on the company's 1800Mhz spectrum.

However, the company is unlikely to shake up the other mobile networks too much as it is widely expected to be sold -- with the buyer expected to be Vodacom.

Vodacom is said to be the last company running its eye over Neotel's accounts after rival MTN dropped out of bidding.

The advantage for Vodacom apart from the newish LTE network and radio spectrum would be access to a much larger landline network for backhaul and to cross sell to corporate users.