After being assigned temporary spectrum by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa), Vodacom has officially launched their 5G offering that is now available in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town.
5G is the upgrade to our current and fastest frequency, 4G LTE and promises to be up to 10 times faster. According to Vodacom, if given enough spectrum, it will work at average speeds of 150Mbps to 200Mbps, and peak speeds will reach above 1Gbps meaning a full HD film will download in around 3 minutes, compared to over 15 minutes on 4G.
Since lockdown, Vodacom has seen a 40% increase in mobile network traffic and a 250% increase in fixed traffic. According to Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub, the allocation of temporary spectrum by Icasa has already mitigated the network congestion and will further assist Vodacom in managing the increase in traffic.
A 5G fixed internet plan starts at R899 a month for 100GB anytime data and 100GB “night owl” data and includes a Nokia router. The most expensive plan costs R1,799 a month for 400GB anytime and 400GB “night owl” data, with a Huawei router. Mobile users can get Vodacom’s 5G service if they own a ‘LG V50 Thin0Q’, which will cost R13,499, or R699 a month over 24 months. Find out if you have 5G coverage in your area, right here.