Vodacom Expands LTE Availability - Outlines Upgrade Plans
Published on: 25th Mar 2013
South Africa Vodacom has expanded the availability of its LTE services to all its customers both prepay and contract.
Vodacom was the first operator to launch commercial LTE services in South Africa in October 2012. The service was initially available to contract customers, but with increased LTE coverage and a much wider range of devices now available, LTE services have now also been made available to Prepaid and Top Up customers.
Speaking about this, Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub said: "We started out with 70 LTE capable base stations in Gauteng, and just five months on we've now got approaching 600 live LTE sites covering Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban. Another 400 are planned by the end of the year."
Vodacom is investing more than R6 billion (US$645 million) per year in South Africa, adding extensively to the network of 3G base stations as well as building LTE coverage. At current rates, the number of 3G base stations is growing at around 25% per year.
All customers who have a Vodacom supported LTE capable device will be automatically provisioned for the LTE service within 24 hours of the device being registered on the network. In certain instances the settings may need to be changed directly on the device.
Summing up, Joosub said: "We want everyone to have access to the latest technology and fastest mobile connection, so there's no additional charge for LTE. All you'll need is a 64kb or higher SIM card and a compatible device. It's that simple."
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