Vodacom South Africa reaches 43Mbps milestone


Vodacom has reached their self imposed target of 2,000 active 43Mbps HSPA+ towers by the end of May 2011. In April 2011 Vodacom surprised many people when they announced that they have exceeded 1,000 active 43.2Mbps HSPA+ sites on their network, boosting the capacity and increasing the overall performance of their network.

At the media event held to make this announcement, Vodacom CTO Andries Delport said that the company further planned to have at least 2,000 43.2Mbps HSPA+ towers by May 2011.

Despite the aggressive rollout target Vodacom has exceeded their self imposed goal, and exceeded the 2,000 43Mbps HSPA+ tower mark by the end of May 2011.

In April 2011, Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys reiterated that their 43Mbps network is not merely aimed at increasing peak speeds, but also at boosting the overall capacity on their radio network to ensure higher average speeds to all subscribers.

It is therefore not surprising that all the new 43Mbps sites are located in metropolitan areas where additional capacity is most needed to serve a fast growing subscriber base.
Vodacom currently has over 4,300 3G (HSPA) sites in South Africa, of which 2,650 are 21Mbps enabled, with the rest all supporting downlink speeds of 14.4Mbps.

Uys said that that they would like to roll out at least another 1,000 3G towers in the coming year, and connect as many sites as possible via fibre.