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ZTE Deploys 42Mbps Mobile Broadband Network in South Africa

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ZTE says that it has deployed Africa's first 42Mbps DC HSPA 900MHz commercial network based in South Africa's Port Elisabeth.

The network is run by South Africa's mobile operator, Cell C.

Last July, ZTE and Cell C jointly announced Africa's first HSPA+ 900MHz network, which was upgraded to 42M DC-HSPA+ in less than a year.

The GSM/UMTS 900M network, deployed by ZTE for Cell C simultaneously supports both GSM and UMTS, but also offers an evolution path towards HSPA+/LTE.

"With the SDR technology, our system does not need to replace any hardware, and a simple hardware expansion and remote software upgrade can support the dual-carrier capacity, " said Lars P. Reichelt, CEO, Cell C. "We delivered on our promise. When we announced the HSPA+ 900M network, we promised that we would upgrade it to 42Mbps in the next few months to provide a better user experience, and today we made good on that promise," he added.

As planned, Cell C will implement continuous network upgrades and in the future it will support the 42Mbps DC-HSPA+ function throughout the network.

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