Vo­da­com cel­e­brates 3G cov­er­age in style

Lesotho Times - - Business - Retha­bile Pitso

VO­DA­COM Le­sotho (VCL) has suc­cess­fully com­pleted the in­stal­la­tion of the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions gi­ant’s 3G broad­band net­work in its 245 base sta­tions across the coun­try to en­sure ac­cess to a fast and ef­fi­cient in­ter­net ser­vice even in re­mote ar­eas, its Man­ag­ing Ex­ec­u­tive of Con­sumer and En­ter­prise Johnny Dos San­tos has said.

Mr Dos San­tos made the re­marks yes­ter­day in Maseru dur­ing the un­veil­ing of Vo­da­com’s new cam­paign, “Kaeka­pakae”, which means “Ev­ery­where Any­where”.

The cam­paign cel­e­brates the com­ple­tion of the 3G roll­out pro­gramme and show­cases the coun­try­wide avail­abil­ity of the net­work’s voice, in­ter­net, sms and m-pesa ser­vices.

“As the cam­paign launches to­day, Vo­da­com has new and ex­cit­ing of­fers be­ing made avail­able to all its sub­scribers. The Vo­da­com Smart Kicka mo­bile phone and tablet are be­ing sold at M499 and M989 re­spec­tively. Both come with three months free in­ter­net.” said Mr Dos San­tos of the of­fer which ends to­day.

He said the roll­out, in which 3G base sta­tions were in­stalled on all Vo­da­com tow­ers, had com­ple­mented gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to ex­tend com­mu­ni­ca­tion in re­mote ar­eas. As a re­sult, he said, about 94 per­cent of the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion, in­clud­ing those in re­mote ar­eas, were able to ac­cess the Vo­da­com net­work and ser­vices.

“About six months ago, we com­pleted in­stalling the 3G in­ter­net broad­band in all our 245 base sta­tions in­clud­ing in re­mote ar­eas where it had been dif­fi­cult to pro­vide in­ter­net ser­vices. Vo­da­com is com­mit­ted to rolling out strate­gies that help gov­ern­ment to en­hance com­mu­ni­ca­tion for ev­ery Mosotho living in the coun­try,” Mr Dos San­tos said.

“Vo­da­com has spent bil­lions in de­vel­op­ing the net­work that is con­tin­u­ing to con­trib­ute to­wards the econ­omy us­ing the best tech­nol­ogy that has en­abled in­ter­net trans­for­ma­tion.

“This marks a great mile­stone in Vo­da­com’s achieve­ment since the com­pany came to the coun­try 19 years ago. We have be­come the largest telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany pro­vid­ing voice ser­vices to the na­tion over the years and to­day we feel proud that we are able to bring a world class, fast and cut­tingedge tech­nol­ogy that en­ables ac­ces­si­bil­ity to com­mu­ni­ca­tion ser­vices.”

He added that the Kaeka­pakae cam­paign would be cel­e­brated on Fri­day with the launch of Vo­da­com Mega Mil­lions, a trivia based com­pe­ti­tion with M3 mil­lion worth of cash, cars and air­time vouch­ers prizes up for grabs.mr Dos San­tos said the Kaeka­pakae cam­paign would also un­earth and cel­e­brate lo­cal tal­ent.

“We urge all our cus­tomers to stay tuned as more news on this is com­ing in the near fu­ture,” he said.

VCL Man­ag­ing Ex­ec­u­tive of Con­sumer and En­ter­prise Johnny Dos San­tos (left) speaks at the ‘Kaeka­pakae’ cam­paign launch yes­ter­day.

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