Vodacom, South Africa’s biggest mobile service provider, has recently announced that they have completed a R1 billion network investment in the Western Cape. The upgrade, which began in October 2012, provides LTE coverage across Cape Town as well as increasing speed, capacity, range and clarity of signal in the Western Cape.
“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has significantly increased the number of 3G and LTE base stations, while technicians have replaced and reconfigured outdated technology at base stations with new imported technology and expanded fibre optic infrastructure to connect the base stations to bring faster speeds, increased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.
The extended LTE service in the Western Cape will allow for high capacity usage such as HD video streaming, real time gaming via mobile, and instantaneous remote access to files and data for businesses.
Further afield, Liquid Telecom has announced a UGX 2 billion (R8 million) investment plan for its Ugandan subsidiary Infocom to expand their pan-Ugandan internet infrastructure. The planed upgrade will cover an extension of their pan African fibre cable infrastructure across Kampala’s Central Business District and to a number of rural towns across Uganda including Mukono, Jinja, Masaka, and Mbarara.
“Fibre represents a completely superior quality of internet, in line with the advanced Internet offering from Infocom. Utilising Africa’s largest cable network to reach rural towns in Uganda, and to offer a world class service within Kampala’s CBD, is in line with our vision of fuelling the country’s accelerated economic growth,” said Hans Haerdtle, Liquid Telecom’s Chief Technical Officer East Africa and CEO of Infocom.
Similarly, Safaricom has also announced a plan to invest Sh30 billion (R3.7 Billion) in upgrading their infrastructure in Kenya. Over the next six months the company will expand and upgrade their transmission stations around the country in order to offer subscribers better voice and data services.
They will be converting their 2G base stations to 3G which will substantially improve internet access and reduce the number of dropped calls.
They will also be putting up base stations in the remaining 9 per cent of the country which does not currently have coverage, effectively connecting Kenya fully.