Vodacom launches super-fast LTE

2012-10-10 14:49

Johannesburg - Vodacom has become the first South African operator to launch a commercial high-speed LTE (Long Term Evolution) or 4G service.

The group made the announcement at the 2012 MyBroadband Conference in Midrand, MyBroadband reported on Wednesday.

New Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub said the LTE service had been switched on and is open for business.

It will initially only be available in Johannesburg, but will be launched in other cities in the near future.

The group has been testing LTE for the last two years, and has upgraded its base stations and fibre-optic transmission network.

LTE has the potential to operate at more than double the speed of any existing mobile connection currently commercially available in the country, MyBroadBand reported.

  • evanknowles - 2012-10-10 14:54

    Yeah but as long as data charges are still so ridiculously expensive it's going to be useless.

      thando.gqabaza - 2012-10-10 15:08

      What abut dropped calls ? This is nice but I'd like to complete calls on my Vodacom cell phone ( you know , the reason I bought it.... )

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-10-10 15:13

      Well, isn't that the the point. At GPRS speed it takes much longer to make money at R1 per 1MB, But at 4G the money will be rolling in at a helluva speed.

      Osito - 2012-10-10 16:42

      ummm, 3G doesn't even work properly on Vodacom's network. One of their techies told me(only 3 months ago) switch to only 2G to prevent dropped calls as most towers are not fully 3G equiped. Not to mention the fact that 8-ta has a big chunk of Vodacom's bandwidth... No wonder we have dropped calls and undelivered messages. Such a pity the only other options are either almost bankrupt or support terrorists.

      claudia.meads - 2012-10-10 20:00

      thando.gqabaza, It just means your connection will be dropped twice as fast. Reminder - the ANC is a major shareholder in Vodacom - so GO FIGURE... If 3G took South Africa from a 1st World country in 1994, to a 3rd World country post Polokwane 2007, can we expect 4G to do the impossible - take SA to a 4th World country..? I will put nothing beyond the destructive power of the people...

  • nishan.sitlu - 2012-10-10 15:01

    The winds of change are blowing.... Prices will start coming down soon.

      Wikus Erasmus - 2012-10-10 15:45

      We've been hearing that old song and dance for too long. We can get low cost technology in SA but data is prohibiting the growth and adoption of IT in SA. And all the service providers are to blame... not just Telkom. so thanks for nothing guys.... and well done for keeping SA in the dark ages!

  • jaco.duplessis2 - 2012-10-10 15:11

    Why don't they roll out 3G first before embarking on 4G. I'm living in Polokwane (suppose to be the capital of Limpopo) and must run around in my house to "catch" a 3G signal, most of the time without success.

      clarence.ledwaba - 2012-10-10 15:16

      I agree with you Jaco. There are still a lot of areas without 3G, would have been nice if they announced that they are the first to have 3G coverage countrywide.

      citizen.kane.35 - 2012-10-10 15:17

      I agree Jaco, its all about spin, 3g is pathetic over the Gauteng area but now we are launching 4G ta da!

  • dawie.vanstaden1 - 2012-10-10 15:11

    Vodacom must rather focus on services they currently cannot provide for their contract customers. The service in Brits is an absolute disgrace. Calls are dropped after a few seconds you will dial over and over again and you will at least hundred times reconnect 3G modem to network. POOR POOR POOR!!!! And try to report this....even greater frustration at the call centre!!! DOWN WITH VODACOM IN BRITS

  • nmvels - 2012-10-10 15:21

    All I can say is that in the places where I operate Vodacom's 3G signal is way faster and more reliable than any of the other operators. My iPad is Vodacom, iPhone is MTN and my Nokia business phone CellC, so I think I'm qualified to comment! My customer service experience with Vodacom is also way better. Bring on the 4G!

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-10 15:25

    And how much will this service cost? We already pay through our a$$ for regular 3G.

  • dean.mark.williams - 2012-10-10 15:29

    The next question... How many people actually have LTE enabled devices and how many LTE devices are available?

  • leedsunitedfc - 2012-10-10 15:33

    One city... sort it out

  • chris.buchner.12 - 2012-10-10 15:34

    FINALLY! Now we can experience near EDGE speeds! This is amazing for vodacom as current 3G speeds are roughly between 600bps and 1.3kbps good job vodacom! Not...

  • Barefoot - 2012-10-10 15:35

    ripping us for ages and now they do it faster too

  • glynvr - 2012-10-10 16:48

    Vodacom should rather focus on improving their services before launching 4G. I believe this new advancement is amazing, but when one receives either no signal, no service, dropped calls, this means very little.

  • nico.prinsloo.92 - 2012-10-10 17:12

    To participate in the 8ta LTE trial Most of Johannesburg & Pretoria covered ;-)

  • mazcon1 - 2012-10-10 17:38

    I just wish they could sort out the network at my house before they did this. Start small then big!!

  • Scippypowa - 2012-10-10 18:15

    Fxcking morons. You sold me a 3g Samsung s3 because apparently you didn't have any plans for 4G in the next 2 years. Why didn't you acquire the 4G galaxy s3's? No planning. Eish wena San.

  • Scippypowa - 2012-10-10 18:16

    Nope. I get 400 kb/s with 3g. Maybe your area

  • altusvanzyl - 2012-10-10 22:06

    Awsum, now I can get a R1000 bill in 3 seconds? Rip off. Vodacom sucks!! In 4 years time they will be a struggling company watch this space.

  • ACvanNiekerk - 2012-10-10 22:24

    Jeez such haters here! Wow you guys are terrible. I was privileged enough to be there when Vodacom made history right in front of our eyes. A normal laptop with a simple looking dongle downloading at 64Mbps per second! That is about 15 times faster than I have ever seen. It was amazing. They showed us a clip live from Youtube at 1080P and the buffer was basically full a few seconds later - no lag. This is truly the future. LTE aka 4G will cost exactly the same for the service - no extra costs. A lot of operators threw some heavy punches today - things have already started to happen. Listen out for the name John Holdsworth! In the next year you will probably pay close to half of what you are paying for cellphone calls and data now.... Now if you think that isn't awesome i don't know what is.

  • fhumulani - 2012-10-11 06:28

    While still failing to cover the whole country with EDGE like 3G!

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