Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub was a headline speaker at the 2016 MyBroadband Conference, providing valuable insight into South Africa’s mobile landscape.
Joosub was interviewed by the conference’s emcee Aki Anastasiou, and spoke about the challenges the mobile operator faces in maintaining its market dominance.
Joosub said upgrading their cellular towers from 3G to 4G was not an expensive task – R140,000 per tower – but the network was being held back by the unavailability of spectrum.
A back-and-forth between ICASA and the South African government meant Vodacom’s super-fast 4G network could not be deployed as quickly as it would like.
Joosub said Vodacom has invested R26 billion in its network in recent years, which has resulted in over 99% 3G population coverage and 70% 4G population coverage in South Africa.
Vodacom has also launched DC-HSUPA technology on its network, which gives users faster data upload speeds – enhancing their experience on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.
Vodacom was the Title sponsor of the 2016 MyBroadband Conference, allowing MyBroadband to once again host a top-class IT and telecoms event for all who attended.
Vodacom at the 2016 MyBroadband Conference
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This article was published in partnership with Vodacom.