Telcom can switch. The number of legacy handsets on the mobile infrastructure is expected to decline and move away from the 2G network in the next 12 months.
Sipho Maseko, CEO of TelCom Group, said in an interview with TechCentral that there are only 250,000 2G-specific customers for more than 6.5 million customers.
Maseko said it would turn off the 2G network as soon as possible so that the spectrum could be relocated for 3G and 4G / LTE services. Vodacom, MTN and Cell C are likely to be the first mobile network operators in South Africa.
"One of the things we have actively managed is to migrate our customers from new to new. The key areas to start are obviously copper … Migration in 2G will follow the same process in some way."
2G is expensive to manage, Maseko said. "I plan to migrate 3G and 4G networks over the next 12 months and then optimize them."
He noted that the roaming agreement with Vodacom, which deals with 2G, 3G and 4G / LTE, can accelerate the switch-off of Telkom's 2G network because 2G-only customers without Telco's 2G dedicated network can roam instead on Vodacom's network. He said.
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"There's still a lot of talk between myself and the engineering team, and their view is to turn it off, cut costs, and then look at what's reusable." "We do not hire 2G customers anymore. It would be a fantastic opportunity to roam on a Vodacom network, because we can release the Vodacom network earlier."
Telkom's 2G customer is the company's lowest Arpu generator. Arpu is an average revenue per user and a key performance indicator in the telecom industry.
Maseko said that Telkom has also begun work on 5G and has begun to identify sites for possible rollout. He said the company is in the process of testing 5G technology labs and plans to demonstrate its capabilities soon. – © 2018 NewsCentral Media