Are you a Vodacom 4G/LTE customer? Good news, your downloads could soon get that much quicker. As part of a multi-billion rand investment into its network, the carrier has begun rolling out the SA’s first widely accessible LTE Advanced network. LTE-A, as it’s known, will go live in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban or Cape Town in the coming weeks, promising to boost signal and improve 4G speeds thanks to increased network capacity. LTE-A is actually capable of blistering maximum download speeds of 300Mbps, but that requires a Cat 6 LTE smartphone, which aren’t sold in SA currently (though you can import a compatible device from somewhere like Korea if you’re so inclined). Faster 4G will come to more cities by the end of the year, allowing Vodacom to increase its lead over MTN, which is currently conducting closed testing of its own LTE-A service.
That isn’t all Vodacom has to share, though. Looking beyond the Mzansi, the operator has opened to more countries to its 4G roaming roster including Brazil, Spain and the Netherlands (see the full list below). If you visit a country that falls within the “Roam Zone,” you can use your 4G data for R2/MB. If you’re travelling a further afield, you will enjoy the same perks in WorldTraveller Zones, but you’ll be charged R128/MB.
The service is currently available on Vodafone LTE/4G networks in the UK, Netherlands, Spain, Ireland and New Zealand. Further Vodafone partner networks from around the world will be added in the coming months.