Vodacom announced that it has improved its coverage connectivity for Gautrain’s selected routes with speeds in excess of 100 Mb/s. The selected routes include Sandton, Rosebank, Midrand and Marlboro.
Earlier this year, Vodacom enabled its high speed 4G+service at Gautrain station platforms in Sandton, Rosebank and Park Station, in addition to the second-generation, third-generation and 4G coverage first deployed at these stations in 2015.
“The next phase of the project will be to enhance coverage along the track between Marlboro and OR Tambo International airport as well as between Marlboro and Pretoria to ensure a seamless and uninterrupted experience on all Gautrain routes,” According to Vodacom.
“To provide underground coverage at these stations, Vodacom used distributed antenna systems located throughout the three stations,” said Vodacom chief technology officer Andries Delport. “Each of these systems is connected via fibre-optic cable to network equipment located in Rosebank.”
Delport lamented the fact that mobile operators, including Vodacom, have been unable (so far) to secure access to new spectrum to deploy 4G+ services more broadly in South Africa.
“Greater access to spectrum will enable Vodacom to undertake more initiatives of this nature while also extending broadband coverage to the remotest parts of our country. South Africans want faster speeds, wider coverage and lower prices which is why it is so important to secure access to additional spectrum in South Africa,” he said.