The service was initially launched to contract customers in October 2012, but Vodacom said that with increased LTE coverage and a much wider range of devices now available, they decided to make LTE available to its pre-paid and top-up customers.
“We started out with 70 LTE capable base stations in Gauteng, and just five months on [we’re] approaching 600 live LTE sites covering Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban,” said Vodacom CEO, Shameel Joosub.
“Another 400 are planned by the end of the year.”
Vodacom said it is investing more than R6 billion per year in South Africa. At current rates, the number of 3G base stations is growing at around 25% per year.
This is the reason Vodacom has 50% more 3G Internet than any other operator, claimed the mobile network.