Vodacom plans to launch Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Durban before the end of the year, the company’s new CEO, Shameel Joosub, said at a media event held in Johannesburg today (28 September 2012).
The red network also aims to have its whole network upgraded to be LTE-ready within the next 12 months, Joosub said.
Joosub said that Vodacom will roll out LTE in Cape Town as well, but that the roll-out is a little more difficult than the other three cities. This is because they are still upgrading the equipment for LTE, Joosub said.
These plans are similar to those announced by MTN earlier this week, which also said that it is planning to launch LTE in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Durban before the end of the year.
MTN SA’s chief technology officer, Kanagaratnam Lamotharan, said that the operator is looking at Cape Town, but that there are challenges in “re-farming” the spectrum needed to roll out LTE in the mother city.