Vodacom said it is prepared for the dramatic increase in network traffic over the holiday season.
The operator said it has done a lot of work over the past six months to ensure its mobile network can handle the increased traffic volumes.
“Tourism experts are forecasting a bumper festive season this year and the mobile data traffic is likely to more than double in certain places as a result,” said Vodacom.
Vodacom said its data volumes increased by 50% across the country over the same period last year.
The company has deployed 100 new mobile base stations to provide increased coverage and capacity in high-volume areas.
“Additionally, we completed the deployment of a further 21 temporary base stations in key holiday destinations,” said Vodacom.
“We have also upgraded the data capacity on 1,701 3G base stations and 535 4G sites across key provinces,” the company said.
Vodacom invested R4 billion in network infrastructure for the six months ended September 2017, maintaining its lead in population coverage across its 2G, 3G, and 4G networks.