Vodacom, MTN, Rain comment on digital dividend spectrum becoming available

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South Africa's analogue TV switch-off — Vodacom, MTN, Rain weigh in

Sentech has officially switched off all terrestrial analogue television transmissions above 694MHz, and Vodacom, MTN, and Rain are ready to take advantage of the newly-freed spectrum.

MyBroadband asked South Africa's major mobile network operators — Vodacom, MTN, Telkom, and Rain — if they could access the radio frequency spectrum they won at auction and what they have planned. Cell C did not bid on any spectrum in these bands.
 
I really hope that Vodacom deploys the lower band for LTE in metros like Joburg. Our Vodacom LTE signal is bad at our office. We do have a Cel-FI booster installed from Vodacom with antenna on our roof...but it does not make a difference. I think it might be because it only works on plain LTE...whereas our phones connects with LTE-Advanced or 4G+.

5G would be great...but with Vodacom and MTN not having Vo5G it would not help with voice calls which still relies on VoLTE.

@Jan thank you for the article. Very informative:)
 
Just a observation. I now get 5G on my phone all the way into the cottage. 5G used to pretty much dissapear when closing garage door behind me. Related? Don't know...but interesting.
 
Just a observation. I now get 5G on my phone all the way into the cottage. 5G used to pretty much dissapear when closing garage door behind me. Related? Don't know...but interesting.
And now it's gone again. Lol
 
I live in a suburb of Durbanville and never get more than 2 bars of signal on MTN with a 5G capable phone, yet they want to roll out to rural areas first. First fix your existing issues MTN where everybody has a smartphone and then move on to rural areas where every third person has one!
 
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