Vodacom has recently tested its high-speed 5G mobile technology in Lesotho. Two companies in the country’s tiny capital Maseru are now using one of the world’s first commercial 5G networks on the long-awaited 3.5 GHz spectrum.
The network in Lesotho delivers speeds of up to 700 megabits per second, allowing movies to be downloaded in seconds and could in future provide safe technology for driverless cars.
After the launching of the service, the Chief Technology Officer, Andries Delport, declared, “It is a bit of a testbed for us. With 5G, there is a lot of hype based on future use. It is transformative… it allows us to start talking about driverless cars, and robots and machines in factories. I can tell you, the Lesotho people are super-proud of this.”
The Lesotho network is the first in Africa which mean that customers on the continent could avoid the need for expensive fibre cabling. Hence, they will be able to access new higher speed with the 5G network.