11 Apr South Africa: Vodacom SA achieves downlink of 240Mbps over LTE-A
Vodacom South Africa has achieved download speeds of 240Mbps over its LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network at the Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria, by refarming existing spectrum and utilising ‘advanced antenna technologies’. The company said that higher speeds could be expected in the future, following the launch of new generation handsets. Vodacom Group CTO Andries Delport commented: ‘The blazing speeds on our 4G+ network at Brooklyn Mall are further proof that our mobile network continues to be the best in SA. Crucially, the impressive speeds at this mall showcase the kind of superfast connectivity that we can provide to South Africans, if we had access to spectrum. Access to additional spectrum would help us to do a lot more to extend coverage in the rural areas of SA.’ The executive added that over the past three years, Vodacom has invested ZAR27.4 billion (USD2 billion) in its network.