Traditional businesses are transforming into digital businesses at an exceedingly rapid pace, as a result of the wave of disruption that has swept across the industry. That is why it’s vital for us to ensure that digital solutions are at the core of business, enabling us to leverage emerging technologies for sustainable development.
Our networked society is changing the way we live, as the impact and implications of the digital revolution become more evident with each passing hour. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognises the great potential for global connectivity to spur human progress and challenges us to ensure universal and affordable internet for all.
Sustainable development through technology
Last year Vodacom Group launched Africa’s first commercial 5G service. This is ‘Africa’s first standards-based, commercial 5G service’, which is being used in Lesotho. The 5G service uses 3.5GHz spectrum to deliver fixed wireless access to two enterprise customers in the country. The immediate benefit of 5G technology, for Vodacom subscribers in Lesotho, includes the quicker deployment of broadband services with fibre-like speeds.
We deployed the same standards-based 5G technology in South Africa, with speeds of more than 700Mbps and latencies of less than 10ms. This will exceed 1Gbps as new software versions and devices become available. However, until 4.5...