South African multinational operator Vodacom Group has pledged to launch Africa’s first commercial mobile 5G network. Company says that it will accelerate its rollout by using the temporary spectrum that has issued. This will help the operators to meet the growing demand in these pandemic times.
Vodacom has enabled 20 5G sites in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Cape Town. These sites currently offer mobile and fixed wireless access (FWA) services.
The operator used the 50MHz temporary spectrum on the 3.5GHz band allocated by regulator ICASA to speed up its 5G launch and further mitigate increased traffic during the outbreak. According to the operator,since the lockdown commenced in South Africa, it has a 40% increase in mobile traffic.
CEO of Vodacom, Shameel Joosub, said the timing of the launch of the service in South Africa was “essential as it will help us to improve network efficiency in times of emergency. This is primarily due to ICASA’s allocation of temporary spectrum, which has eased the network congestion we have experienced since the start of the lockdown period.
Since more 5G smartphones, WiFi and FWA routers, Vodacom will expand its. The operator outlined the ambition to launch 5G network paunch after signing a roaming agreement earlier this year using Liquid Telecom’s 3.5GHz spectrum.