Cell C’s big red button has moved down the coast this week and landed at the picturesque town of George in the Western Cape. Last week, the Cell C road-show went to Durban and Pietermaritzburg but this week it is the turn of George to receive the gift of fast, highly-affordable internet access and world-class cellular network reception.
‚Our network in George currently covers 89% of the population and will offer residents of this beautiful town a very reliable service despite the topography of the area,‚ commented Cell C’s Executive Head of Sales and Distribution, Sue Kennedy. ‚We expect to be the fastest commercial internet service provider in George, and certainly the most affordable.‚ The second phase of the rollout, to be completed by January 2011, will provide 100% population coverage in George and surrounding areas.
Currently, Cell C is the fastest wireless ISP (Internet Service Provider) in Port Elizabeth following the launch of its new network nearly a month ago, according to broadband speed analysis tool Speedtest.net. Cell C tops the list of service providers in Port Elizabeth with connection speeds averaging 5.26 Mbps, more than double those of its traditional wireless rivals.
‚We trust that towns like George will capitalise on the myriad of opportunities offered by our world-class network,‚ added Kennedy. ‚The introduction of such a network to a town with a high population but limited local employment should be very welcomed as affordable internet access can be capitalised on by local entrepreneurs, for example. George and its surrounds have always attracted a large number of tourists and entrepreneurs working in this sector now have a more affordable means to sell their product or service to a local or global audience.‚
In real-use conditions Cell C’s new HSPA+ network shows average speeds of between 5-6 Mbps in downloads and speeds of between 1-2 Mbps for uploads, with a maximum technical throughput of 21Mbps in George.
As part of its George launch, Cell C also donated a modem to Imizamo Yethu Secondary School to provide the school with faster internet connection. The school will also receive a monthly data bundle and wireless router to allow multiple users connectivity at the same time.
Cell C has already launched its high-speed network in Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, East London, Cape Town, Durban and Pietermaritzburg.