Vodacom to launch 5G service in South Africa this year

Vodacom Group is expecting to offer 5G mobile services to its South African customers by using Liquid Telecom’s network. Last month, Liquid Telecom announced the construction of a wholesale 5G network where it will allow other operators to roam on its network. 

“We expect to be able to launch 5G services in South Africa this year,” Vodacom Chief Executive Shameel Joosub said. “This is possible thanks to a recent roaming agreement with Liquid Telecom, as 5G spectrum is largely unassigned in South Africa.”

Vodacom South Africa said it would manage the 5G network on behalf of Liquid Telecom, although it did not confirm where or when the 5G service would be available to customers.

Mobile operators in South Africa have complained about delays rolling out 5G, which provides much faster mobile connections than 4G networks. The regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), announced it would analyse the process and timing for licensing and assigning 5G spectrum.

Vodacom has already launched a 5G mobile service in Lesotho and is the first operator in South Africa to offer 5G to mobile users.