20 April 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
Vodacom, the South African Vodafone subsidiary, has become the first African mobile network to exceed 80% population coverage on 4G.
The company says that it now provides 80.12% 4G coverage in
South Africa, with 99.78% of the population is covered by 3G
and 99.97% are covered by 2G services.
"Despite the ongoing spectrum constraints, Vodacom now
provides over 80% 4G coverage in South Africa, said Andries
Delport, chief technology officer at Vodacom. "Our aim is to
expand our network coverage to all parts of the country,
including remote rural areas. Access to new, sub 1GHz spectrum
will enable the more cost effective rollout of 4G, which will
help Vodacom increase broadband coverage to more South
Vodacom has invested a reported 39.69 billion rand ($3.3
billion) in its South African network over the last five years
following on from its build out plans it set out last year.
In June 2017 Vodacom unveiled its accelerated rural coverage
programme which has contributed significantly to providing
improved network coverage to the residents of South Africa. As
a result many rural areas in the country now have access to 4G
coverage including; Sterkfontein in Limpopo, Brandfort in the
Free State and Sundays River Valley in the Eastern Cape and
Ulundi in KwaZulu Natal. All of which now experience the same
level of 4G signal as those living in the heart of
With faster and more reliable internet access for devices
and laptops, 4G offers a number of benefits for South African
SMEs with speeds that are approximately three times faster than
3G with reduced network latency.
Earlier this month Vodacom Business Nigeria entered into an
agreement with Intelsat for satellite services to expand its
enterprise broadband network in West Africa. Under the new
multi-year agreement Vodacom will be able to offer new and
enhanced services to its customers. Using the satellite
services on Intelsat 35e Vodacom will be able to deliver
improved broadband connectivity to the banking, oil and gas,
and enterprise sectors across West Africa.