Vodacom said Samsung has issued an update for Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices on Vodacom’s network which provides “a number of new and advanced features in SA”.
“The new software update unlocks Voice over LTE (VoLTE), Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi), 4×4 MIMO, and 256-QAM on the Vodacom network,” it said.
- VoLTE brings faster, better voice calls and video calls over Vodacom’s 4G network.
- VoWi-Fi allows calls to be made over Wi-Fi in areas where there is no mobile coverage.
- MIMO enables the transmission of multiple signals via the same set of air interface resources – allowing for increased throughput and speeds.
- QAM-256 refers to Quadrature Amplitude Modulation, which is the means by which a carrier signal transmits data and information.
“The addition of 4×4 MIMO and 256-QAM allows extremely high 4G speeds to be achieved where the same features have been enabled on the network,” said Vodacom.
The network said it has demonstrated speeds exceeding 500Mbps in numerous locations around South Africa using the technology.
Andries Delport, CTO at Vodacom, said the new features are a testament to the innovation Vodacom and Samsung have brought to the market to overcome spectrum shortages.
“The new features will provide relevant customers with fast speeds on the Vodacom network, exceeding 500Mbps in some areas,” he said.
Customers will receive a push notification prompting them to do the upgrade, said Vodacom.