Two of South Africa’s telecoms service providers have recently unveiled plans to improve their mobile coverage.
According to reports, Vodacom plans to invest R180 million in its network infrastructure across the Western Cape. Meanwhile Telkom is set to roll out its uncapped LTE service to more than 200 additional areas in Gauteng.
The massive growth of smartphone and tablet use in South Africa has seen an increasing demand for data.
Vodacom will roll out base-station sites in Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, and Langa, stated Vodacom managing executive in the Western Cape, Alberts Breed.
“On a practical basis this will mean wider coverage, faster data, and better call quality for Western Cape [residents],” said Breed. The company plans to add 434 radio base stations – 91 2G sites, 193 3G sites, 150 LTE/4G sites – before the end of 2015.
Telkom’s SmartBroadband Uncapped High Speed Wireless initiative offers uncapped packages to customers on a 24 month contract. The packages went on sale online with prices starting at R599 for the first 50 customers.
The second phase on the online sale comes off the success of the first phase in June, where approximately 400 people took advantage of the packages in 29 locations in Gauteng.