LTE (Long Term Evolution)

South Africa's fastest network just got even faster

At Vodacom, we understand your needs and because fast, reliable communication is an integral part of your lifestyle, our Long Term Evolution (LTE) - also commonly referred to as 4G - promises a faster and more efficient data network. This means you can download music, movies, games and apps faster than before, as well as upload pictures to your social networks in no time. It's a natural evolution from our already fast and reliable 3G network. Yes, fast just got faster.

How much will LTE cost?

    o The LTE activation and service is free-of-charge

    o Data usage is charged at standard data rates whether you are using the 3G or LTE data network.


How do I connect to the LTE network?

To access and activate the LTE service you will need to:

    • Be a Vodacom customer (LTE is available to Contract, Top Up and Prepaid customers)

    • Have an LTE capable device/modem and/or LTE capable handset that operates on the 1800MHz frequency band – View the list of supported devices

    • Have a 64k or a 128k SIM in the device and as a Primary SIM card

    • Have the free LTE service activated on the SIM in the device

    • An SMS will be sent confirming the activation of the LTE service

    • Set the phones’ APN to (You may need to reboot your phone)

    • If you are a Vodacom Business customer, please set the APN to your corporate’s APN.

    • Set the network mode on the device to automatic

    • You must be in an area that is covered by the Vodacom LTE data network

You can manually activate the LTE service at any time in any Vodacom Outlet, or by calling Customer Care (111 or 155) or by logging in to My Vodacom; manual activation can take up to 24 hours.

To show that you are in an LTE coverage area, your device will display either: 4G, L, 4 or LTE in your network coverage information.

Which devices are compatible with LTE?

View the list of supported devices


Which devices are compatible with LTE?

The following devices are compatible with Vodacom’s LTE data network and are sold and supported by Vodacom:

Model Product Type
Alcatel L100V Modem
Apple iPhone 5* Handset
BlackBerry Q5 Handset
HTC One Handset
Nokia 820 Handset
Nokia 920 Handset
Samsung S3 LTE Handset
Samsung S4 LTE Handset
Samsung Note 2 LTE Handset
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE Tablet
Sony Xperia V Handset
Sony Xperia Z Handset
Vodafone B2000 LTE Router
Vodafone K5006 Modem

Vodacom’s standard Data terms and conditions apply.