Vodacom has switched on its 5G mobile network in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Cape Town.
ICASA recently allowed Vodacom, and other operators, emergency access to high-demand radio frequencies on a temporary basis. This included frequency allocations that operators have been asking for in order to roll out 5G services.
5G is the “evolution” of 4G LTE, which is what currently allows South Africans to stream videos and run video conferences over mobile phones. The Vodacom network will support both mobile and fixed wireless services and is currently available on 20 live 5G sites, 18 of which are in Gauteng and 2 in Cape Town.
Vodacom says that the widespread rollout of 5G will support the Government’s 4IR objectives in the future and will facilitate the creation of an entirely new technologically enabled world.