It was announced last week already by Vodacom’s CEO, Shameel Joosub at the MyBroadband Conference that they are the first network in SA to test LTE in preparation for the launch. Joosub said “It’s great to claim another South African first for Vodacom with the launch of LTE services to the public, and it’s even more pleasing that we’ve done this ahead of many other advanced economies around the world. South Africa has joined an exclusive club with the fastest connectivity the world has to offer.”
Although the service is initially available in Johannesburg with other cities to follow in the near future we think Vodacom should have waited until the nation, or major parts of it are LTE ready and covered by this service. That is to shy from switching back and forth from LTE to 3G should I leave parts of Johannesburg to Pretoria or surrounding locations… What am I saying? We need LTE in Bloemfontein and Welkom too!
While LTE represents a major jump in mobile connectivity capabilities. The service has the potential to operate at more than double the speed of any existing mobile connection currently commercially available in South Africa, and at significant multiples faster than the 2G and 3G connections common across the country. Higher speed and lower latency translate into a more stable user experience with stutter-free video and almost instantaneous music and picture downloads.