Vodacom launches LTE in South Africa

Vodacom has surprised delegates at the 2012 MyBroadband Conference when it launched its commercial LTE service today

October 10, 2012
Vodacom-LTE-4G

Vodacom became the first operator in South Africa to launch a commercial LTE service, having switched on its LTE network on 10 October 2012.

Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub announced at the MyBroadband Conference 2012 that Vodacom’s LTE service had been officially switched on and was open for business.

Vodacom’s LTE service is initially available in Johannesburg, with other cities to follow in the near future.

“Vodacom was the first network in SA to test LTE more than two years ago, and since then we’ve been busy upgrading base stations and our fibre-optic transmission network in preparation for today,” said Joosub.

“It’s great to claim another South African first for Vodacom with the launch of LTE services to the public, and it’s even more pleasing that we’ve done this ahead of many other advanced economies around the world.”

Vodacom LTE stig

Vodacom LTE stig

LTE represents a major jump in mobile connectivity capabilities. The service has the potential to operate at more than double the speed of any existing mobile connection available commercially in South Africa.

“Higher speed and lower latency translate into a more stable user experience with stutter-free video and almost instantaneous music and picture downloads,” Vodacom said.

Contract customers with LTE capable devices can activate the service from today by calling 111 or visiting any Vodacom shop.

LTE capable devices will be on sale in selected Vodacom outlets before the end of October, with priority going to existing Vodacom customers.

“LTE devices are in short supply world-wide, but thanks to Vodafone’s global purchasing power we’re confident that Vodacom will have the best possible selection in stores in the very near future,” said Joosub.

Vodacom LTE demo by Jannie van Zyl

Vodacom LTE demo by Jannie van Zyl

Commenting on Vodacom’s intention to be the first choice for anyone looking to connect via this new technology, Joosub said their LTE service will initially be accessible via more than 50 base stations in Johannesburg. A coverage map is available on the Vodacom website.

“Further announcements will be made with respect to the network roll-out plans in due course,” said Vodacom.

“Switching on commercial LTE services is just one step in a much bigger network transformation. With over 9,000 base stations, Vodacom already has by far the most extensive network in South Africa and on average delivers faster connection speeds,” said Joosub

“Our challenge isn’t keeping ahead of the other operators – it’s keeping ahead of the tidal wave of data demand. Ninety percent of our 3G base stations are 21.6Mbps enabled, and almost 80% are 43.2Mbps enabled.”

Joosub added that by the end of the year they aim to have 500 sites enabled for LTE with a theoretical speed capability of over 100 Mbps.

Vodacom live LTE speed test

Vodacom live LTE speed test

Related articles

Cell C’s LTE plans

Internet Solutions’ LTE plans

MTN LTE network plans revealed

LTE spectrum policy drafted

LTE spectrum for SA: SNAFU

Tags: Andries Delport, Headline, Jannie van Zyl, LTE, Shameel Joosub, Vodacom

Anonymous News Tip
Free Email Newsletter:
Subscribe
X

Anonymous News Tip






Captcha image
Not readable? Change text.

sending

Shutterstock is the image partner of MyBroadband – technology images can be found here

Join the conversation

Connect with MyBB

twitterfacebookandroidappleblackberrynewsletterfeed

Poll

Are you using public WiFi hotspots to connect to the Internet in places like airports, restaurants or shopping malls?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

Top computer brands in SA – Apple vs Dell vs HP vs Lenovo vs Acer

Black man computer

Effective Measure’s latest research reveal the most popular computer brands in South Africa

DA advert a hit on YouTube

Democratic Alliance DA logo

The DA’s “Ayisafani” election advert is raking in the views online

Fibre broadband the way forward

broadband speed

Point Topic’s global broadband subscriber numbers shows the rapid take-up of fibre based broadband access

Death of the CIO?

Black man computer

I will give chief information officers (CIOs) one to two years to survive, unless they transform to take on a more business-focussed role. – Terry White, director, CXO Advisor

bool(true)