Small cells add to last mile mix

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An article from IT Web Africa, arguing that SA’s increasingly data-hungry Internet users could spur an increase in longterm evolution (LTE) small cell technology to meet the country’s last mile challenges. Industry comment includes: Eugene Le Roux, NEC Africa MD, who notes small cells can alleviate the pressure on cellular networks’ base stations, while expanding the LTE footprint in congested business or residential areas. The article reports that Vodacom is also growing its LTE footprint in the province, with 600 new sites going live by April next year. This will up the operator’s LTE coverage in Gauteng from 25% of sites to 38%.

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