Liquid Telecom planning 5G in South Africa

Liquid Telecom is one of the few networks in South Africa to have a radio frequency range for deploying 5G, and plans to use it.

“Only three companies have spectrum: Rain, Telkom, and Liquid,” said the head of strategy for Liquid Telecom South Africa, Willie Oosthuizen

The three companies will probably use their spectrum advantage. Rain has already announced the launch of the first commercial 5G services with Huawei in September, while Liquid Telecom and Telkom have not yet made a decision.

In February, Liquid Telecom announced that it would provide 4G roaming services to MTN.

“This includes LTE services to fuel the growing demand for high-speed mobile broadband. The wholesale roaming service will be made available across Liquid Telecom’s network nationwide,” declared Liquid Telecom.

Oosthuizen added that they had “big plans” for 5G.

‘’Liquid Telecom has access to spectrum in the 800 MHz, 1.8 GHz and 3.5 GHz bands. Their 800 MHz and 3.5 GHz bands are a particularly formidable couple,’’ said Oosthuizen.

The 800 MHz low frequency band provides broad coverage in rural areas, while the higher frequency band provides increased capacity in densely populated areas. Low frequencies are also more effective for crossing walls and providing indoor coverage.