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
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.