Vodacom launches LTE service in Johannesburg

Vodafone’s South African subsidiary Vodacom Group has launched South Africa’s first commercial 4G LTE service in Johannesburg.

The service will initially be available to customers in South Africa’s most populous city before being rolled out to other South African cities in the near future.

The move puts Vodacom ahead of local rivals MTN, Cell C and 8ta which are all still conducting LTE trials.

MTN and Cell C have targeted the commercial launch of their LTE services for early next year.

“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,” said Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub.