Vodacom has expanded their broadband network by adding 973 3G base stations over the last twelve months, bringing the total 3G base stations in its network to 5,263. This is according to the company’s interim results for the year ended 31 March 2012 which were released today.
Vodacom spent a large portion of its R6.976 billion capital expenditure over the last financial year on its radio access network (‘RAN’) renewal project, transmission and new base station sites.
“Our RAN renewal project in South Africa achieved 60% completion in the year. The rest of our sites should be completed over the next 24 months,” Vodacom said.
“More than 1,700 base stations were self-provided with fibre and microwave during the year, bringing the total self-provisioned sites to just over 4,300.”
Vodacom said that they also continued to invest in building 2G coverage and capacity, particularly in under serviced areas, and added 519 new 2G sites during the last financial year.