Vodacom eyes full service coverage with Gautrain

Vodacom now offers 2G, 3G, and LTE coverage in the Gautrain’s three underground stations: Rosebank, Sandton, and Park.

The company said it has been working with the relevant government departments for the past three months to roll out to the underground stations.

“I’ve always found it frustrating when I’ve gone into one of the underground stations and couldn’t connect, especially when I’ve had some free time while waiting for the train,” said Andries Delport, Vodacom’s chief technology officer.

“We pride ourselves on having the fastest and widest network in South Africa and now we can add ‘deepest’ coverage to that claim as well.”

The system is made up of distributed antenna systems located throughout the three stations.

Each of these systems is connected via fibre-optic cable to network equipment located in Rosebank.

2G, 3G, and LTE (4G) services will all be enabled with the solution.

“This is the first phase of the process. Our next task is to work on ensuring that we have a seamless service throughout the Gautrain route. That means not dropping a call when you go into a tunnel. We’re currently in talks with our partners to roll this out,” said Delport.

MTN meanwhile, said it has also installed a high speed network  to go live on 3 July at the Park Station, Sandton and Rosebank stations. T

he other stations will be covered by existing infrastructure.

MTN also announced that it will be further deploying its network to blanket other parts of the Gautrain network.

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