Vodacom has revealed its plans to invest just over R320 million into network across KwaZulu Natal during 2020/2021.
The lion’s share of the capital expenditure will go towards building new LTE base station sites in both urban and deep rural areas of the province. This network acceleration is expected to aid in removing barriers to communications, provide access to fast internet and help in driving digital inclusion among communities in deep rural areas of the province.
The availability of high-speed broadband is critical to deep rural development, but research shows that deep rural communities are lagging behind in terms of broadband connectivity, excluding many from digital transformation.
“We have always maintained that the key differentiator for us is the quality, strength and reliability of our network. At Vodacom, we believe investing in our network ensures that we deliver best-in-class coverage and customer service, not only to urban areas but to people who dwell in the township and deep rural areas as well, so they are well-positioned to take advantage of the benefits of the Digital Revolution,” says Ishmael Mathinya, Executive Head for Operations for Vodacom KwaZulu Natal Region.
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