South Africa’s third most popular mobile network operator, Cell C, has announced plans to deploy Wi-Fi calling to its entire customer base by October 1.
The company which also rolled out LTE service in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), says it plans to invest a further R6 billion over the next two years to roll out LTE in other provinces and extend coverage to other parts of Gauteng and KZN in 2016 and 2017, according to CEO Jose Dos Santos.
While launching the network’s LTE on Wednesday, Santos said the phased rollout is ahead of schedule, emphasising that the first phase of KZN and Gauteng have now been completed. He however, said that the Western Cape rollout has been pushed forward and will have 200 LTE sites live before the festive season kicks off.
As part of Cell C’s official launch, 1,000 customers in Gauteng and 500 customers in KZN will be offered the chance to buy 100GB of data, which will be valid for three months at just R100. However, report says the deal will be exclusive to customers who visit its Walk-In Customer Care Centre at its head office in Buccleuch, Johannesburg, and KZN regional office in Umhlanga.
On Wi-Fi calling, Santos said:
“Cell C is the first to offer a truly Wi-Fi calling commercial service to the South African market and this is also a first in Africa,” he said. “We spent over a year developing this solution together with our partners.”
While describing the benefits of Wi-Fi calling, Santos said it helps to reduce roaming costs significantly and allows users to stay connected while travelling abroad at local their local tariff rates.