Vodacom in R1 billion Western Cape network upgrade

Vodacom says it has completed a R1 billion network investment aimed at increasing speed, capacity, range and clarity of signal in the Western Cape.

The upgrade, which began in October 2012, includes LTE coverage across Cape Town.

“Vodacom has significantly increased the number of 3G and LTE base stations, while technicians have replaced and reconfigured outdated technology at base stations with new imported technology and expanded fibre optic infrastructure to connect the base stations to bring faster speeds, increased capacity and better handling of data,” the mobile operator said.

“Fibre provides significant increases in capacity and speed – you are literally making a connection at the speed of light and we are targeting download speeds of up to 65Mbps,” said Steven Barnwell, managing executive for Vodacom’s operations in the Western Region.

The project featured up to 20 teams of 4-5 technicians working up to 8 sites a day.

“The extension of Vodacom’s LTE service in the Western Cape, including the likes of Paarl and Wellington and Pniel, opens a whole new world. You can stream HD video, real-time gaming via mobile becomes possible, and businesses can benefit from the almost immediate access to files and information on their servers,” said Barnwell.

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