(Agence Ecofin) – Vodacom South Africa will use Nokia's know-how to expand its 5G network across the country. The telecoms company, which already provides very high-speed mobile broadband to Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town, will use the Finnish company's AirScale and Fastmile 5G fixed wireless access portfolio.

Nokia has been selected by South African telecom operator Vodacom to help roll out a 5G network in the country. The Finnish tech company explained on October 28, 2020 that its AirScale radio network product portfolio will allow Vodacom to deploy its ultra-high speed services across multiple spectrum bands, including the new 3500 MHz, 2600 MHz and 700/800 bands. MHz which will be auctioned by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) before the end of March 2021.

Nokia says Vodacom will also use its FastMile 5G gateway to deliver high-speed services in areas not currently served by a fiber network. " The solution is easy to install for subscribers, delivering fiber-like speeds in homes while using Wi-Fi to connect devices around the home ", Emphasizes the company.

Vodacom's fixed wireless and 5G mobile broadband access services are already available in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town and are being rolled out in other parts of South Africa. Beverly Ngwenya, CTO at Vodacom South Africa, explained that “ 5G technology enables us to deliver ultra-fast mobile networks and support entirely new use cases as we enter the 4IR era ".

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