Vodacom ahead of schedule for LTE rollout
Company doubles number of LTE-ready base stations in South Africa rollout
Vodacom has doubled the number of LTE-enabled base-stations on its network. The company officially has over 400 LTE-enabled base stations live and is ahead of its schedule to target switching on 500 sites by the end of the year. As part of the rollout to cities across South Africa, Vodacom has also announced the commercial launch of LTE in Durban. Cape Town will follow before the end of the year. "The fact that our engineers have been able to reach over 400 LTE-enabled sites in such a short space of time is no mean feat. Their hard work has meant that today we can be the first operator in South Africa to provide our customers with a commercial LTE service in Durban," said Alberts Breed, Vodacom's Managing Executive in KZN. Durban is the third South African town to benefit from LTE after Johannesburg and Pretoria. "To start off with we have rolled out the technology to a small number of sites - mainly around the Umhlanga area - but we plan to grow this number in the coming months. In fact, the plan is to have over 60 sites up and running across KwaZulu-Natal by the end of the first quarter of next year. What's more, we have also recently completed a total upgrade of the existing network in the province. This upgrade, together with the launch of LTE, has increased capacity and improved our overall network performance," said Breed. LTE was first launched in South Africa by Vodacom in October this year.