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After becoming the first mobile operator in South Africa to commercially launch its LTE (4G) service, Vodacom has announced that it has tripled the number of LTE-enabled base stations in its network. The company boosted the amount of base stations from just under 70 at launch a month ago to more than 200 within Johannesburg, with testing also kicking off within Cape Town.

LTE stands for Long Term Evolution and is a new generation of mobile technology with the capability to operate at speeds up to three times quicker than 3G.

Beyond the wider LTE network coverage, Vodacom now has LTE-enabled devices on sale at Vodacom World in Midrand and selected Vodacom outlets across Gauteng. Clients are now able to purchase the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE, Vodafone K5006 as well as the Alcatel One Touch L100V LTE dongle modems on the following contracts:

 
The LTE service is currently only available to Vodacom Contract subscribers, but will become available to Top-up and Prepaid clients during 2013. Vodacom stated that its LTE-enabled devices will automatically switch to the 3G network in the event that LTE coverage is not available.

For more info on the LTE coverage map as well as a list of stores, customers can visit Vodacom’s LTE website.

Zunaid Dinath, Vodacom’s chief officer for sales and distribution said: “LTE represents a step change in mobile capabilities. Thanks to faster speeds, we’re able to unlock the true potential of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. LTE has the ability to deliver stutter-free video and almost instantaneous music and picture downloads; and because it’s mobile, we can deliver this experience whether you’re at your office, on the move, or at home.”

Dinath also mentioned that LTE devices are in short supply worldwide, but that Vodacom is confident that it will be able to provide customers with a broad selection of LTE devices in the near future.

In related news, Vodacom also recently revealed the details behind its new summer promotional offer that will provide double value to subscribers, who purchase a variety of products and services such as talk time, data-, SMS-, and MMS bundle deals.

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