MTN claims first 3G call in SA

11th June 2004

South Africa’s second largest cellular network company MTN announced yesterday that it has been testing, demonstrating and evaluating Edge and 3G technologies on a live pilot network since May 2004, with applications such as streaming video, internet access and gaming.

MTN’s testing of wireless broadband includes user experience, technical viability and commercial viability in the South African market.

The company also reported that the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) had granted it a provisional 3G (wideband CDMA) licence.

It said that it had tested its innovative 3G capabilities including video calls between Cape Town and Johannesburg and said that the company looks forward to the super-speed and super connectivity possibilities of the broadband generation.

MTN also reported that it planned to host an event on June 23 to demonstrate the 3G experience.

The potential of new broadband technologies and their capabilities will be showcased.

The company said it would explore the full capabilities of 3G as soon as Icasa issues the formal licence to do so.