Vodacom lights up 5G network in KwaZulu-Natal province

15 Dec 2020

Vodacom South Africa has expanded its 5G network footprint to include 156 new locations in KwaZulu-Natal province, supporting both mobile and fixed wireless access (FWA) services, MyBroadband reports. Under phase one of the operator’s 5G rollout – the company was the first to launch a live 5G mobile network in South Africa in May 2020 – it has activated its signal in the following areas: eThekwini, Pietermaritzburg, Richards Bay, Howick, Ntuzuma, KwaMashu and Umlazi. Vodacom’s 5G network in KwaZulu-Natal reportedly uses temporary spectrum allocated by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), including 1×50MHz in the 3.5GHz band and 2×10MHz at 700MHz. The cellco stated that it is using the lower spectrum band for widescale 5G mobile coverage, augmented by 3.5GHz frequencies ’where needed’. Going forward, the company aims to speed up its deployment of the next generation of wireless technology after additional spectrum is auctioned off – currently slated for end-March 2021.

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