September 4, 2018 IBOMLLC Team

SA’s Vodacom claims first commercial 5G Internet Services in Lesotho

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South Africa’s Vodacom claims the bragging rights as the first telecom to deploy 5G internet services in Africa. The Vodacom 5G internet went live for the first time on Saturday, August 25 in Lesotho.

The telecom said it will be able to provide the 5G internet to its home market once the country’s telecommunications regulator assigns them the spectrum. Vodacom, the biggest telecom operator by market value in South Africa, said that the new 5G internet will provide Lesotho with “fiber-like” internet speeds. Lesotho is a land-locked and very mountainous kingdom.

Lesotho has a population of about two million people, and Vodacom said it was assigned the 3.5GHz band, which enabled it to deploy the 5G internet service commercially.

What we’ve accomplished in Lesotho is an example of what can be achieved in Africa, should the requisite spectrum also be made available,” said Shameel Joosub, the CEO of Vodacom Group.

As for South Africa, a country that has for long been referred to Africa’s most industrialized economy, Vodacom says its customers will have to wait a little longer as they (the telecom) work on acquiring the 3.5GHz spectrum licensing.

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