South African telco Vodacom has announced that it is planning to invest ZAR1 billion (USD93.8 million) in order to upgrade its wireless network infrastructure in the province of Gauteng, TechCentral reports. Shane Hibbard, managing executive of Vodacom’s Gauteng operations, was cited as saying: ‘Of this amount, a large portion will be used to upgrade and increase Gauteng’s 3G coverage in the major townships. By the end of March 2015 we will add more than 400 new 3G sites.’ The areas which will benefit from improved 3G coverage include Soweto, Orange Farm, Alexandra, Thembisa, Mamelodi, Atteridgeville and Soshanguve.
Further, Vodacom said that it is also in the process of expanding its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) footprint in the region to 38%, with around 600 new sites set to go live in Gauteng by April 2015. Mr Hibbard added: ‘The areas we will be focusing on increasing [our] LTE coverage are the business hubs and urban areas such as Pretoria, Bryanston and Rosebank, as well as in the major townships.’