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Vodacom to launch 5G services in SA in 2020

Revenue rose 6.6% in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Vodacom said on Tuesday that, thanks to its recently concluded roaming agreement with Liquid Telecom, it will launch next-generation 5G services in South Africa in 2020.

“Having been the first network to commercially launch 5G in Africa through Vodacom Lesotho, we expect to be able to launch 5G services in South Africa this year,” it said alongside a trading update for the three months ended 31 December 2019.

“This is possible thanks to a recent roaming agreement with Liquid Telecom, as 5G spectrum is largely unassigned in South Africa.”

TechCentral reported in December that Vodacom and Liquid Telecom had signed an agreement which would, in effect, give the country’s biggest mobile operator access to a key spectrum band, allowing it to offer 5G services nationally, potentially pipping its nearest rivals to the post in deploying the super-fast next-generation technology.

The two companies signed the deal to exploit Liquid’s legacy spectrum assignment in the 3.5GHz band.

Vodacom said on Tuesday that it has also revised its roaming agreement with Rain for 4G/LTE coverage. This, it said, will “further expand our 4G capacity in an environment where delays in assigning available spectrum will constrain capacity for all networks”.

Vodacom Group increased its revenue by 6.6% (6.1% normalised) in the fourth quarter of the 2019 calendar year on the back of a successful summer campaign in South Africa and good growth in its international operations.

It added almost half a million customers in South Africa on the back of the campaign. In its other markets, it added 1.7 million customers.

Increased data uptake
South Africa revenue and service revenue growth rates improved to 5.9% and 4.6% respectively, supported by increased data uptake, it said. International operations delivered service revenue growth of 9% (7.1% normalised), with strong growth in data and M-Pesa mobile money revenues.

“Our sustained investment programme, aimed at delivering a better experience for customers in each of the countries where we operate, continues to yield results,” said group CEO Shameel Joosub in remarks alongside the trading update.

“As expected, growth trends improved across a number of metrics in South Africa following the significant impacts over the past year from our ongoing pricing transformation strategy. These included substantial cuts in out-of-bundle tariffs and lower bundle prices, resulting in a circa 50% decline in effective data prices since March 2016.” — © 2020 NewsCentral Media

Duncan McLeod is Editor of TechCentral

This article was first published on TechCentral here.

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You may want to look at the potential health effects of 5G before celebrating this new technology.

Agree with you boomgloom. The “progression” of mobile communication to 5G is nothing to celebrate about especially if one truly grasps the serious damage to health which plays out over time due to wireless high frequency radiation exposures.

The mainstream narrative is that the key risk from wireless radiation relates to the heating or thermal effects from the emitted electromagnetic fields but as many studies have shown, the more serious risk relates to the non-thermal effects arising from the pulsing nature of the digital transmissions.

With the ever increasing exposure to wireless radiation, chronic illness and disease is just going to get worse for the population. And this is aggravated by poor eating and other lifestyle habits. One can just imagine the ticking time bomb that awaits from say an NHI perspective or even the burden on the national fiscus to address the deteriorating health condition of the populace from these ever increasing health risks.

The declarations by the ICNIRP and WHO that wireless radiation is safe for human use are blatantly false and this is of no surprise given that these agencies have been “captured” by wireless industry representatives who are clearly conflicted.

For those of you who want to understand the health risks from wireless technologies better, here are a few useful references:

On the Clear Evidence of the Risks to Children from Smartphone and WiFi Radio Frequency Radiation:

“The truth about mobile phone and wireless radiation” by Dr Devra Davis:

Professor Martin Pall letter on the non-thermal health effects of wireless radiation:

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