Vodacom To Offer LTE Services In Democratic Republic Of Congo (DRC)
Leading Mobile Network Provider Vodacom has announced that it will provide Long Term Evolution Services (LTE) services, with speeds in exceeds 20Mb/s in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Chief Operating Officer International Markets at Vodacom Diego Gutierrez has said that this move by the telecoms giant marks another significant milestone for the group as they have pioneered modern technological innovations such as 2G, BBM, 3G, 3G +, M-Pesa.
Gutierrez said: “this achievement is in tandem with our mission to deliver digital services that matches global standards across all our markets within which we operate our business. We plan to continue the acceleration of the 4G networks roll out to more and farther regions thereby ensuring there is sufficient coverage in the rural areas. As at today our 3G and 4G coverage as well as download speeds in nations such as Mozambique, Tanzania and Lesotho and are well above those of our next best competitors.”
“The roll out of the 4G network allowed us to seize digital opportunities, develop local content and media platforms, grow our enterprise business, as well as empower customers through a seamless digital experience. With the improved state of technology, the opportunities for innovation and expansion are limitless,” Gutierrez said.
Vodacom is benefitting from the first mover advantage as it is the first network operator to offer modern telecommunication services in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) .
Vodacom Group Limited is a South African owned mobile communications company that providing voice, data, messaging and converged services to over 55 million subscribers in the continent. It has grown its operations into Tanzania, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Lesotho, as well as provides business services to over 40 African countries like Nigeria, Angola, Kenya, Zambia, Ghana, Cameroon and Côte d'Ivoire.
Vodacom is known to provide coverage to Mount Kilimanjaro, which used to make it the highest point in the world to be covered by GSM before TeliaSonera provided coverage at the top of Mount Everest, the highest point in the world.