Vodacom brings LTE mobile internet to Lesotho

Vodacom has launched Long Term Evolution (LTE) in Lesotho, addressing the relative scarcity of fixed line connections in the country.

With LTE/4G, video and music downloads can be accomplished in a fraction of the time of traditional 3G services and a host of business tools that would normally rely on a fixed-line connection can now be accessed via mobile. This launch represents a step change in mobile capabilities and brings world class mobile internet access to the people of Lesotho.

Known as the ‘Mountain Kingdom’, Lesotho is one of the most altitudinous independent states in the world, with its entire area lying above 1000 metres in elevation.

“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. This demonstrates the potential impact of launching LTE/4G across 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.

 

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