Vodacom Business: Vodacom begins 5G technology testing in Congo

Nov 06, 2023 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

Vodacom Congo announced that it has recently begun the testing phase of its 5G technology. However, the company noted in an interview with ITWeb Africa that its main focus is still expanding its existing 4G network coverage and mobile money services.

Vodacom DRC CEO Khalil Al Americani said in the interview, "There’s still a long way to go before we start rolling out 5G. It will necessitate a much denser mesh network of sites because we’re using higher frequencies. As a result, major deployments and corresponding capex will be required.”

Vodacom has experienced some struggle with deploying its mobile sites in Congo as most of its base stations depend on diesel generators for power. Several of its equipment for alternative energy solutions, including solar power and lithium batteries, have also been stolen. The company has also experienced similar challenges in its South African business as it is now working on plans to combat this growing theft of its energy equipment.