Vodacom will be ready for 5G in South Africa

Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub said the mobile operator will be able to launch 5G services as soon as the necessary spectrum is allocated to it. Joosub told MyBroadband that the allocation of additional spectrum is still a long way off, however, and has been delayed due to setbacks in digital TV migration. Once the spectrum is allocated, Vodacom will be ready to roll out 5G capabilities on its network. “Rolling out 5G services would be a quick process after we get access to the required spectrum. It could happen almost…

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Vodacom and Remgro interested in buying Vumatel

CIV Holdings is in discussions to acquire Vumatel, which has built one of the largest open access fibre networks in South Africa, according to industry sources. In March 2018, Bloomberg reported that Remgro was in advanced talks to buy Vumatel as part of its strategy to consolidate the country’s expanding broadband infrastructure industry. MyBroadband has now learnt from sources that a potential acquisition of Vumatel will happen through CIV Holdings. Remgro is a 51% shareholder in CIV Holdings, which in turn owns numerous telecoms players – including Dark Fibre Africa…

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Vodacom expects continued data growth in South Africa

Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub said the company sees high potential for continued growth in South Africa, speaking at the company’s financial results presentation at Vodacom World in Midrand on 14 May 2018. Joosub said the potential for growth in data revenue in particular remains high. “The opportunity for data growth in South Africa is strong,” said Joosub. Vodacom’s total subscriber base in South Africa now sits at 41.6 million, of which 18.7 million use data bundles. The operator’s 4G customer base is now at 7.3 million. Joosub added that data…

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