Published On: Mon, Aug 27th, 2018

‘SA can’t be left behind in technology advancements’

fibreJOHANNESBURG – VODACOM has expressed readiness to make 5G services available in South Africa soon as requisite spectrum is assigned, Shameel Joosub, Vodacom Group Chief Executive Officer, said.

He was speaking after the Vodacom Group announced the creation of Africa’s first standards-based, commercial 5G service, in Lesotho.

It has been created using 3,5 GHz spectrum to initially deliver Fixed-Wireless Access broadband services to two enterprise customers in the Southern African country.

“Vodacom will be able to make 5G services available to its customers in South Africa once requisite spectrum is assigned,” Joosub said.

“Global technological advancements are evolving at a rapid pace and South Africa can’t afford to be left behind, particularly when we look at some of the potential use cases for 5G to support critical sectors of our society such as healthcare and education.”

The immediate benefit of 5G technology for Vodacom subscribers in Lesotho includes the quicker deployment of broadband services with fibre-like speeds.

Vodacom Group also announced that, in another first, it has deployed the same standards-based 5G technology in South Africa, with speeds in excess of 700 Mbps and latencies of less than 10 milliseconds. This will exceed 1Gbps as new software versions and devices become available.

Until such time as 3,5GHz spectrum becomes available to Vodacom South Africa, this network will not be available to its customers, the firm stated.

Joosub said Vodacom prided itself on being a market leader and was extremely pleased to be first to deliver 5G services to customers in Africa.

“What we’ve accomplished in Lesotho is an example of what can be achieved in Africa, should the requisite spectrum also be made available.”

South Africa plans to allocate delayed radio frequency spectrum by March next year.
– CAJ News

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