Comsol Networks

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Company Name

Comsol Networks (Pty) Ltd

Ownership Type

Privately Held

IoT Technology

Company Overview

Comsol Networks is a South African telecommunications infrastructure provider. The company was founded in 1997.

Comsol 5G

Comsol's current point-to-multipoint network given the architecture of the network and spectrum allocation can already be referred to as a pre-5G network. With the advent of 5G standards based platforms and CPE's, Comsol's current role will be to overlay and / or migrate and extend it's current footprint to 5G with the spectrum assets Comsol has and the ecosystem partners Comsol is working with. Given the demand for appropriate spectrum to deliver 5G in South Africa, new models will emerge for Comsol as well to for example enabling MVNO's.

Holding the country's largest portion of 28 GHz spectrum (280 MHz), Comsol began trialling 5G fixed wireless access over the n257 (28 GHz) band in September 2018 and achieved peak data rates of 1.7 Gbps.

Comsol IoT

In November 2016 Comsol launched South Africa's first LPWAN IoT network using LoRa technology. South Africa uses the EU868 ISM band.

5G NR Network Information

Details on 5G NR network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Type Status Trialling
Max. MIMO Max. Modulation
Carrier Aggregation - Features -
NR BandChannel WidthStatus
100 MHz Trialling
IoT Network - LoRa
Technology Status Active
Band Launch Date

News & Developments

SOWETO – 07 SEPTEMBER 2018 – Comsol Networks, a leading provider of enterprise-grade wireless infrastructure, and Samsung South Africa have lit up Vilakazi Street in Soweto with a live 5G pilot network.

Comsol has access to the largest tranche of contiguous 28GHz in South Africa, making it the local front-runner for 5G services.

Comsol's open architecture, open platform Low Power Wide Area National network deployment, Comsol IoT, has been launched. Backed by a global alliance and driven by international giants such as Cisco and IBM, the latest generation IoT network offers low cost, long range, low power IoT connectivity, capable of supporting geolocation.