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Vodacom launches South Africa's first LTE service

15 октября 2012

South Africa this week saw the launch of its first '4G' service, after Vodacom on Wednesday switched on its LTE network.

Vodacom's LTE network is available initially in Johannesburg, South Africa's largest city, courtesy of 70 base stations. Other cities are set to follow, although the operator did not disclose which ones.

"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 CEO Shameel Joosub. "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."

The launch gives the Vodafone unit a valuable head start on local rival MTN, which aims to offer 4G services before the end of the year.

Vodacom ended the second quarter with 56.6 million customers, comfortably ahead of MTN, which reported 23.5 million. Cell C boasts more than 8 million subscribers, while Telkom SA ended the year to 31 March with 3.1 million mobile customers, 1.5 million of which it considers active subscribers.

The launch of Vodacom's LTE network builds upon those of Vodafone's operating units in Portugal and Germany. Vodafone Germany ended the second quarter with 193,000 LTE customers; its network currently provides indoor coverage to around 35% of households.

Источник: Total Telecom

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