Vodacom unveils 5G network in South Africa and this service will be available in three cities such as Pretoria, Johannesburg, and Cape Town. The company has also decided to roll out plans to other parts of the country. Recently, Vodacom was assigned a temporary additional spectrum by regulators. The pandemic has also further increased the chances of launching the 5G network without issues.
Vodacom’s chief executive officer, Shameel Joosub discloses that the 5G network will be rolled out this year. And also, the new network will be using a network that’s being built by another African operator. The build of the 5G network will assist the company in managing a 40% increase in mobile traffic. And a 250% rise in fixed traffic experienced during the lockdown.
Effect of the launch
There has been an increase in online activities during the pandemic. This activity ranges from streaming music and movies to video conferencing. Vodacom will unveil the 5G network within three cities to boost its network range. The mobile network will also support lower mobile networks and fixed wireless services.
“Vodacom’s 5G launch in South Africa will deliver tremendous impact during this time. This launch will also push us to work more on our network efficiency during the pandemic,” Joosub said.
“Congestion becomes a reality due to temporary spectrum allocation, which was made by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). This has already instituted the network congestion we see since the start of the lockdown period.”
Vodacom is a South African mobile company; it offers services such as messaging, voice, data, and converged services. The company has garnered about 55 million customers. Vodacom has its company in several parts of Africa. These countries include Lesotho, Tanzania, Mozambique, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
This company offers more business services to countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, and more. Vodacom is a well-known company and it also partners with companies like British multinational operator Vodafone and South African telecommunication giant Telkom. The company delivers coverage to Mount Kilimanjaro and more important areas in South Africa.
Today it is one of the leading cellular networks in South Africa. It also has an estimated 103 million customers across Africa and a market share of 58%. Vodacom has already provided 2G, 3G, and 4G services to South Africa. The HSPA+, Wi-Fi, HSUPA, LTE, and WiMAX services were also rolled-out and the company was the first to roll out LTE in South Africa.
The company also partook in the sponsoring of sports events and launching smartphones. Vodacom was also involved in the launching of several mobile phones like iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy S8, iPhone Xs and Xs Max, and more.