Broadband network speed race is led by Vodacom

Together with the launch of the company’s double-speed HSPA+ technology, Vodacom is now able to boast of possessing the quickest mobile broadband network within South Africa.

The mobile operator is now the very first to upgrade its network speed to 43.2 Mbps. Furthermore this is at present the quickest available on the market dominated by 21.2 Mbps network speed.

Cell C laid claim to the quickest online connectivity the moment it commenced rolling out its HSPA+ 900 network countrywide late in 2010, having said that Vodacom’s brand new data network seems to have trumped that.

The upgraded network has actually been branded SuperMobile, and was initially unveiled to the public on 16 April 2011. The company’s new modems at the same time went on sale.

“If a product with half the speed appeared to be fast, we really should refer to this as new technology super-fast. The SuperMobile practical experience isn’t about theoretical peak rates of speed only attainable in laboratories,” said Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys.

Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys

“We’re far more enthusiastic about precisely how this technology boosts network capacity not to mention supports our goal of offering a reliable connection speed to all people in South Africa,” he remarked.

The average downloading speed on Vodacom was 4.75 Mbps as of 17 April, based on the latest Ookla Net Index. This is certainly significantly quicker than the 2.38 Mbps documented on 13 December this past year.

They have exceeded Cell C’s download rate, which at present stands at 3.91 Mbps, then again did achieve a peak of 4.62 Mbps in December. MTN’s Network Solutions appear to have a lot of catching up to do, given that the Ookla index puts its average download speed at 2.42 Mbps.

The regional broadband sector has become exceptionally energetic recently, upgrading its infrastructure to make available enhanced internet performance.

Vodacom’s considerably improved speed is because of the national infrastructure upgrade at 1 000 base stations in major South African cities.

The company said it were forced to make improvements to at least 1000 base stations before it could actually roll-out its double-speed technology. “We wanted to ensure that we had the service accessible in more than simply one city,” Uys said.

Vodacom proclaimed 1 000 more stations definitely will support the enhanced network over the next six or seven weeks.

Uys at the same time declared that their network encompasses more areas in the country when compared to any other operator.

“We  now have without a doubt the widest data coverage in South Africa by some margin, but along with this technology accessible through so many sites, I believe we are in a position to also stake our claim to provide the quickest network as well.”

The brand new technology clears the path for a foreseeable future upgrade to 86.4 Mbps, which would definitely considerably boost internet connectivity in the country.

Cell C and MTN double-speeds are next

Cell C and MTN are likewise getting ready to present their 43.2 Mbps double-speed networks. The My Broadband website a short time ago reported that Cell C is going to introduce its first 43.2 Mbps HSPA+ network in Port Elizabeth in April.

MTN is at the same time busy rolling out its 43.2Mbps network.

The network enhancements come at the same time as the volume of internet users across South Africa is booming quickly, with an additional 1-million users most likely to emerge over the course of this year.

Technology research firm World Wide Worx forecasts that up to 7.8-million people in the country will probably be online by the end of 2011. That is a considerable increase from the 6.8-million users recorded in 2010.

Source: mediaclubsouthafrica.com, freedomhouse.org,

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