South African telecoms operator Vodacom has launched dual-carrier HSUPA (DC-HSUPA) technology over its entire 3G network to increase upload speeds, in cooperation with equipment vendor Huawei. The new upgrade – which allows for the uplink to be transmitted over two 5MHz carriers – increases the upload speeds from 5.76Mbps to 11.5Mbps. Huawei said that DC-HSUPA is currently supported by all major chip vendors, with compatible terminals also available on the market.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Vodacom was awarded a temporary UMTS licence in June 2004 and deployed its 3G network in December that year in parts of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and major holiday resorts. The network currently covers 98.3% of the population via a grid comprising 8,802 3G sites.