South Africa’s Telkom reportedly plans 260Mbps download speed showcase next week


South African mobile operator, Telkom has deployed what it claims is ‘South Africa’s first LTE three-downlink component carrier (3 CC DL) network’ in Fancourt (George), located in the Western Cape province, reports Telegeography.

According to the report, the operator will demonstrate the ‘4.5G’ technology which is capable of delivering maximum download speeds of 260Mbps at its annual Southern Africa Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC)) scheduled to hold next week.

Citing Alphonzo Samuels, managing director of Telkom’s Openserve division and chairman of SATNAC, the deployed network ‘is a commercially live, carrier-aggregated 3G and LTE network supporting newer generation commercially available devices’, while Telkom CEO for consumer retail Attila Vitai added that the technology will remain in operation at Fancourt after the conference.

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