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HomeAfricaVodacom Bolsters Network Resilience in Egypt with Ericsson's Triple-band 4G/5G Network

Vodacom Bolsters Network Resilience in Egypt with Ericsson’s Triple-band 4G/5G Network

Vodacom Group announced the successful deployment of a world 1st triple-band Mobile Radio Unit that combines the 1800MHz, 2100 FDD and 2600 TDD frequency bands into one single Radio Unit. 

This advanced Radio Unit from Ericsson will enable Vodafone Egypt to reduce the cost of its 4G/5G network rollout in the country, the implementation time, energy consumption and tower load.

Vodacom, which acquired a 55% stake in Vodafone Egypt in 2022, invested R4.6 billion in its last financial year on growing and strengthening the network in Egypt to support increased demand.

Vodafone Egypt services 48.3 million customers and contributes one quarter of the company’s revenue supported by excellent customer engagement in connectivity, mobile and fixed price adjustments, and excellent growth in its financial services platform, Vodafone Cash. As of January 2024, Egypt’s internet penetration rate was 72.2%, with 75.66 million internet users in January 2022. Egypt has the second largest online population in Africa. However, the country’s average internet download speed is amongst the slowest in the world.

The deployment of the world 1st triple-band Mobile Radio Unit, which is highly relevant for Egypt’s current radio spectrum allocation, will enable Vodafone Egypt to extend the reach of 4G and 5G services to even more customers in the country.

Dejan Kastelic, Group Technology Officer for Vodacom Group

I am proud of the innovative work done by the team in Vodafone Egypt in driving Vodacom Group’s vision to build networks that are future-proofed, efficient and customer focused. Combining three bands across FDD and TDD in a single radio unit is a milestone in simplifying the engineering, deployment, and operation of our network, Vodacom is committed to providing solutions that contribute towards Egypt’s priority national development ambitions, including the Digital Egypt strategy, which comprises numerous national projects to achieve digital transformation and upgrade digital infrastructure.

Catalin Buliga, Technology Director for Vodafone Egypt

We work relentlessly with all our technology partners to continuously enhance our mobile network leadership and provide world class mobile service quality to our customers. This new triple band radio unit from Ericsson gives us better cost, faster deployment of 4G/5G services, less energy consumption for our mobile network and less tower load.