As part of a huge R340 million investment in infrastructure, Vodacom is planning an expansion in 5G coverage in the Northern Cape and Free State. As it stands, there are very few sites across both provinces.
After Vodacom is done, it’ll have tripled its number of sites, bringing the total up to 58.
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The few 5G sites in the two provinces will also be receiving an upgrade to the hardware, bringing better network resilience with it.
“Our network rollout programme last year brought Internet to many communities in the region for the first time. This financial year, we want to build on this achievement by extending broadband coverage and investing in network upgrades to increase access to connectivity,” says Evah Mthimunye, Vodacom’s Central Region managing executive.

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And invest it has. This year alone, Vodacom has expanded its LTE footprint at 760 sites around the country. And it has plans to go further. It plans to invest R100 million of 2022’s financial capital into upgrading existing network capacity. There are also plans to increase security to limit site vandalism which, in turn, means better coverage during load shedding.
Source: MyBroadband
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