Vodacom to deploy additional base stations for Durban July

Vodacom says it will deploy additional base station sites and WiFi hotspot capacity to power up its sponsored horse racing event, the Durban July.

It said that the Durban July is strongly associated with fashion, meaning that the event attracts media attention as local celebrities and fashion lovers flock the event, using every opportunity they get to take and share images on social media.

“We have deployed five WiFi hotspots and 10 in-field base stations, comprising of 2G, 3G and superfast LTE. Ten base stations cover the in-field and the hospitality suites in the grandstand area,” said Steven Barnwell, managing executive for Vodacom KwaZulu.

“Two additional mobile base stations have been deployed within the Vodacom Red town area and within the infield of the racecourse. This will allow seamless uploads and downloads of photos and allow for live high quality video streaming,” he said.

Vodacom noted that carrier aggregation is a new method of enhancing the user experience which will be deployed at the Greyville Racecourse.

Additionally, Wi-Fi hotspots will be deployed at all Vodacom charging stations and within the VIP areas.

In the 2016/2017 financial year Vodacom invested an additional R550 million in infrastructure in KZN. The region invested R1 billion in the network in the region in 2015, bringing network investment in the province to over R1.5 billion in two years.

Vodacom invested R8.5 billion in network infrastructure across South Africa in 2016, further expanding its 2G, 3G and 4G coverage.

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Vodacom to deploy additional base stations for Durban July