Vodacom launches 5G fixed-wireless service in Lesotho

28 Aug 2018

Vodacom has launched what it claims is the continent’s first standards-based commercial 5G service in Lesotho, using spectrum in the 3.5GHz band to deliver fixed-wireless broadband to two enterprise customers. In a statement the South African group noted that the technology would immediately benefit users in Lesotho by enabling faster deployment of broadband with ‘fibre-like’ speeds. Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub was quoted as saying: ‘Vodacom prides itself on being a market leader and we are extremely pleased to be first to deliver 5G services to customers in Africa. What we’ve accomplished in Lesotho is an example of what can be achieved in Africa, should the requisite spectrum also be made available.’

The company noted that it has deployed the same technology in South Africa – where it achieved download speeds of more than 700Mbps – but cannot offer the service on a commercial basis until spectrum in the 3.5GHz band is made available. Mr Joosub added that: ‘Vodacom will be able to make 5G services available to its customers in South Africa once requisite spectrum is assigned. Global technological advancements are evolving at a rapid pace and South Africa can’t afford to be left behind, particularly when we look at some of the potential use cases for 5G to support critical sectors of our society such as healthcare and education.’

Lesotho, South Africa, Vodacom Group, Vodacom Lesotho, Vodacom South Africa