Vodacom commences 3G rollout in DRC

30 Aug 2012

Speaking at a press conference in Kinshasa last week Vodacom Congo director general Moza Godfrey announced that the Congolese mobile operator has commenced its USD25 million 3G network rollout. The first phase of the deployment, which is currently concentrated in capital city Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, will see around 350 3G base stations installed by 31 December 2012.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in July this year Vodacom was one of four local mobile operators – alongside Airtel DRC, Oasis Telecom (Tigo) and Africell – to pay USD15 million for a long-awaited 3G concession. At the handover ceremony acting secretary general of the telecoms ministry, Joachim Kapaya Mbakadi, warned that the ministry will not hesitate to revoke the concessions if the companies fail to fulfil their payment obligations.

Congo, Dem. Rep., Vodacom Congo (DRC)