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Cell C pulls plug on fixed LTE, leaving ISPs, consumers in the lurch

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This article was originally published on TechCentral Read more at source.

Cell C has issued a formal notice to its wholesale partners, including Internet Solutions, stating that it will terminate wholesale fixed-LTE services, potentially leaving thousands of retail customers in the lurch.

TechCentral has seen correspondence from Internet Solutions to its channel partners — mainly other Internet service providers — stating that Cell C plans to switch off the wholesale LTE service for Internet Solutions, its reseller partners and their end users later this year.

According to the letter, all 100GB and 200GB fixed-LTE packages will be terminated, Sim cards deactivated and all data forfeited at midnight on 31 October. The same will happen to 20GB and 50GB fixed-LTE packages on 31 December.

This is a result of Cell C’s numerous business challenges, including their inability to sustainably support the demand that fixed LTE has placed on its network

“This is a result of Cell C’s numerous business challenges, including their inability to sustainably support the demand that fixed LTE has placed on its network,” the Internet Solutions letter said.

“Through extensive negotiations, we have made every effort to find a suitable alternative for our customers and Cell C to ensure there is no interruption in connectivity. These conversations did not yield the desired outcome of keeping our customers connected via Cell C’s fixed LTE. As a result, we are regrettably required to issue a termination notice to you for Cell C’s fixed-LTE services.”

Many ISPs use the Cell C network, through Internet Solutions, to offer services to customers. Afrihost, for example, offers 100GB of fixed-LTE broadband for R530/month and 200GB for R845/month. Vox offers 100GB for R525 and 200GB for R835, according to its website.

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