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What contributes to the cost of data?

17th Oct 18

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By Vodacom 1577 Followers

Mobile data is essential - for business, for fun, for social networking. Although the cost of data has actually dropped significantly, it still forms a important part of our monthly budgets. So what contributes to the cost of data?

Infrastructure

Data, like your mobile phone signal, doesn’t just materialise in the air. It requires high-tech towers - and the more towers there are, the stronger the signal, meaning faster speeds and a more stable connection. Find out more about how cellphone towers work here. Not only was Vodacom the first South African network to launch 3G and 4G, but we’re also recognised as SA’s Best Network* and SA’s Fastest 4G Network. In the past financial year alone, Vodacom spent over R8.9 billion on improving the South African network, becoming Africa’s first mobile operator to cover over 80% of the population with 4G.

South Africa has an area of 1,22 million square kilometres, and with 43 million customers scattered around the country - that’s a lot of ground to cover, and a lot of cellphone towers to build and maintain. While data towers in busy urban areas generate a lot of traffic, an extensi...

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