Vodacom set to launch 5G in South Africa


Vodacom is set to launch its very own 5G network this year after signing an agreement with South African wholesale network provider, Liquid Telecoms. The roaming and managed services agreement is said to give Vodacom permission to roam on Liquid Telecom’s 5G network while also maintaining it.

This development thus makes Vodacom the first mobile operator in South Africa to offer 5G to mobile users.

However, this is not the first time that South Africa will have a taste of 5G. In September last year, Rain, a data services company, partnered with Huawei to launch 5G services in the country, covering Johannesburg and Tshwane.

Liquid Telecoms CEO, Nic Rudnick. announced its plans to launch South Africa’s first wholesale 5G network in January 2020. “Available from early 2020 in all major South African cities, this latest fifth-generation of mobile Internet connectivity will enable wholesale operators to create innovative, ultra-fast, and scalable digital services for their customers."

“Our wholesale operating partners can exploit our new, ultrafast 5G roaming network to build the next generation of communications and make innovation possible, anytime, anywhere. 5G will facilitate real-time remote collaboration, improved business efficiency and lower costs — ultimately driving growth in the South African economy.”’

This announcement makes Vodacom the third mobile network provider in South Africa to reveal 5G plans following Rain and MTN.

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