320 million rand ($19.5 million) is to be invested by Vodacom for the development of internet connectivity in both developed and less developing areas in KwaZulu-Natal. The proposed funding is for high-speed Internet connectivity and fiber optics’ investments are also planned for the future.
By the end of the financial year 2012, Vodacom intends to install 50 telecom base stations among which 27 are already operational and 19 are to be installed in the deep rural areas of the province. Vodacom also intends to complete the fiber network project from Durban to Kokstad by the end of the financial year 2021.
The operator also proposes to build a loop to connect Newcastle, whereby 56km of fiber will be installed, with Madadeni, Oswezwini and Blaauwbosch. By the end of 2020, this is to be realised.
Ishmael Mathinya, Executive Head for Operations for Vodacom KwaZulu Natal Region stated that “The key differentiator for us is the quality, strength, and reliability of our network. we believe investing in our network ensures that we deliver best-in-class coverage and customer service, not only to urban areas but to people who dwell in townships and deep rural areas as well, so they are well-positioned to take advantage of the benefits of the Digital Revolution”.