Vodacom aims to connect a million people in rural areas to the high-speed internet network. The company spent R1.8bn in the quarter to June expanding coverage and capacity on its 3G and 4G network. In the financial year to March 2018, it will spend up to 14% of revenue mainly on infrastructure. Vodacom has 39.4-million subscribers in SA. The rural high-speed network roll-out is expected to cost more per capita than in other areas because of the low population density in many areas. Each base station, a short-range radio transmitter that connects wireless devices to a network, may cost as much as R1.8m. "We need to be smarter in how we cover rural areas," said chief technology officer Andries Delport. He said the government’s proposed wireless open access network company might play a role in bringing high-speed internet connections to people in rural areas. There was also a need to co-operate with other mobile network operators to connect the rural areas. Vodacom says 75.9% of SA’s p...

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