Vodacom Launches 4G in South Africa

Service initially accessible to customers via approximately 70 base stations in Johannesburg with other South African cities to follow

October 10, 2012

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CAPE TOWN -- Vodacom Group, a subsidiary of Vodafone, today launched the first commercial 4G LTE service in South Africa. The service will initially be accessible to customers via approximately 70 base stations in Johannesburg with other South African cities to follow in the near future.

Today’s announcement follows similar launches by Vodafone in Germany and Portugal, enabling Vodacom to draw on their experience of offering commercial 4G services. Vodafone Germany had 193, 000 customers using the service in rural and urban areas at 30 June 2012, providing around 35% household coverage.

Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub said: “Vodacom was the first network in South Africa to test 4G LTE more than two years ago, and since then we’ve been busy upgrading base stations and our fibre-optic transmission network in preparation for today. It is great to claim another South African first and even more pleasing that South Africa has joined an exclusive club with the fastest mobile connectivity on offer.”

Vodacom Pty. Ltd.

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