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2015-09-10 06:00

Western Cape’ Vodacom managing executive Alberts Breed, Mzoli Ngcauzele, Sisanda Mangele , Meli Mangele both of Mzoli Financial Services and executive head of corporate affairs at Vodacom Tshepo Ramodibe.

Western Cape’ Vodacom managing executive Alberts Breed, Mzoli Ngcauzele, Sisanda Mangele , Meli Mangele both of Mzoli Financial Services and executive head of corporate affairs at Vodacom Tshepo Ramodibe.

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Mobile operator Vodacom has embarked on a major project to expand coverage and network to meet the growing demand for data usage in the townships.

The newly appointed managing executive Alberts Breed announced last week during a media briefing held in Gugulethu that the company has set aside R180 million to build capacity in the province.

According to Breed mobile data usage in townships has been accelerating rapidly, placing pressure on mobile networks.

In late 2013, Vodacom embarked on a major project to accelerate investment in its networks across South Africa.

This programme, called Project Spring, has over the past year alone resulted in Vodacom increasing the number of 3G sites by more than 20% to almost 9 000, and more than doubling the number of LTE/4G sites to 2 600.

“We are rolling out sites in Khayelitsha, Langa, Gugulethu and opther areas to help give residents better connectivity on the phones.

“We’e investing millionds of rands into networks this year in a bid to esnure that we get as many people as possible connected no matter where they are. To achieve this, it’s important that we invest in the rural and township areas as the cities to make sure nobody is left behind” said Breed.

“This year we’re planning to add 434 radio base station sites, comprising of 91 2G sites, 193 3G and more than 150 LTE/4G sites.

“ On practical basis, this means that we’ll be bringing faster data services to tens of thousands of people who are currently only have voice services and EDGE data services.

On top of this, the upgrade will increase network capacity, provide improved voice quality and enhanced mobile data speeds in outlaying areas such as Vermont, Veldrift, Saldanha, Gansbaai Town, Koringberg and Hopefield by the end of March 2016.,” he said.

Vodacom’s head of corporate affairs Tshepo Ramodibe said the expansion of coverage will benefit millions of their customers.

“The usage of data has grown considerably and we as one of the biggest communications company in Africa we saw it fit that we invest heavily on improving our coverage,” he said.

Breed added that their partnership with Mzoli Financial Services (MFS) headed by the chesa nyama king ‘s daughter Sisanda Mangele and he husband Meli will be “beneficial to both parties”.

“Emerging markets is where our growth lies, for those people data is the name of game,” Breed said.

MFS head Sisanda said they were excited with the partnership because it “opens up opportunities”.

“We have hired 28 agents who will be selling various Vodacom services including the m-Pesa and creating awareness on many offers on hand,” said Sisanda.

She said their aim was to “develop the community.”

Meli Mangele added that they will be hitting the road soon visiting hot spots teaching people to “understand and utelise the m-Pesa product”.

“Our newly recruited staff is ready to face the public. This is one of MFS finest moments, we have created jobs for people who had nothing before,” said Meli

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