South Africa: Lampposts to become broadband towers

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MTN has begun replacing Johannesburg’s streetlight infrastructure with lampposts that double as cellular base stations, with hundreds of deployments planned before Christmas.

MTN South Africa has secured a tender from City Power, Johannesburg’s electricity supply agency, to turn lampposts into cellular base stations in a move the operator believes will go a long way to solving coverage challenges not only in South Africa’s largest city but across urban South Africa.  

In the past week, the mobile operator has deployed the first two such towers in the leafy suburb of Bryanston, with more than 100 more to follow before Christmas, its Chief Technology Officer, Eben Albertyn, tells TechCentral.

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