Vodacom has become the first network in South Africa to launch its LTE (4G) services in the Johannesburg area.

Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub made the announcement at the MyBroadband conference currently taking place at Vodacom World in Midrand.

In simple terms, what does this mean? It’s the fourth-generation network with speeds of up to 100Mbps (theoretically) that has been officially switched on. Vodacom managed to achieve download speeds over 60Mbps and 10Mbps upload at the conference earlier today. Here’s a screenshot, posted by @AkiAnastasiou on Twitter:

Vodacom’s LTE service is available currently in Johannesburg via approximately 70 base stations. Check the coverage map to see if your area is covered. The service will be rolled out in other cities in the near future with around 500 base stations available by the end of the year. 

Remember, you will need a device that supports LTE to access the service, and Vodacom will have some before the end of October, with priority to existing customers. Here’s a list of devices that support LTE from Vodacom.

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