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Vodacom launches LTE connectivity in Lesotho

October 13, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top Stories

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According to Vodacom, the service will bring high-speed mobile internet to the people of the Mountain Kingdom as well as address the relative scarcity of fixed line connections in the country.

Vodacom has launched the Long Term Evolution (LTE) service in Lesotho. According to Vodacom, the service will bring high-speed mobile internet to the people of the Mountain Kingdom as well as address the relative scarcity of fixed line connections in the country.

“Data demand in Lesotho is booming, with more than a quarter of our customer base actively using data. We can only see the trend accelerating from here, which is why we’re so excited to launch the latest connection technology” said Ian Ferrao, Managing Director of Vodacom Lesotho.

“There’s a proven link between internet access and GDP growth, and Vodacom has been investing heavily in our network in Lesotho in order to make sure we connect as many people as possible. The country has a limited number of fixed line data connections, and by launching this next generation LTE/4G technology, we think we can make a real difference to the speed and quality of connectivity available to the nation” adds Ferrao.

Vodacom Lesotho, which launched services in 1996, has more than 1.3 million customers. Over 350,000 of these are active data users. In comparison, there are estimated to be fewer than 10,000 fixed-line ADSL connections in the country.

Vodacom’s LTE/4G service is currently available in Maseru and will be extended to other districts in the coming months.  The service is available to both prepaid and contract customers, and is ideal for businesses looking to increase the speed and quality of their data connection.

“We’ve got plans to continue to speed things up from here, so I’m confident that Vodacom will continue to play a big role in getting Lesotho connected into the future” concludes Ferrao.

Darryl Linington

 

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