Vodacom introduces pre-paid LTE service
Telco set to deploy additional 400 LTE base stations by end of 2013
South Africa's Vodacom has become the first network in country to offer LTE services to all its customers, whether pre-paid or post-paid.
All customers who have a LTE capable device supported by Vodacom will qualify for the service within 24 hours of the device being registered on the network, although the telco admitted that in certain instances the settings may need to be changed directly on the device.
Shameel Joosub, CEO, Vodacom, said: "We want everyone to have access to the latest technology and fastest mobile connection, so there's no additional charge for LTE. All you'll need is a 64kb or higher SIM card and a compatible device. It's that simple."
Vodacom was the first operator to launch commercial LTE services in South Africa in October 2012. The service was initially available to contract customers, but with increased LTE coverage and a much wider range of devices now available, LTE services have now also been made available to Prepaid and Top Up customers.
"We started out with 70 LTE capable base stations in Gauteng, and just five months on we've now got approaching 600 live LTE sites covering Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban," Joosub added. "Another 400 are planned by the end of the year.
"This is the culmination of a massive investment in high speed fibre transmission and an overhaul of our radio network countrywide. It's the reason that Vodacom's network has the widest high speed coverage in South Africa and why we're the clear choice for the best data experience."
Vodacom is investing more than R6 billion per year in South Africa, adding extensively to the network of 3G and LTE base stations.