Vodafone has said it will offer ultra-fast 4G roaming from summer 2014 in South Africa and 17 other countries worldwide to its daily roaming proposition which now has 11 million registered customers, accounting for more than 20% of consumer contract and 15% of enterprise roaming customers.
Not a first, Vodafone already offers 4G roaming in in Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain but it has said it will include Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK while Vodafone customers will be able to use 4G networks of other telecommunications companies in Austria, Belgium, France, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Switzerland.
Speaking on the development Vodafone Group Chief Commercial and Operations Officer Paolo Bertoluzzo said: “4G is great for travellers, whether they are on business or on holiday. Much faster, simpler to use and often less expensive than typical, hotel wi-fi connections anywhere in Europe, 4G roaming will give our customers high-speed connections for video, music streaming, web surfing, working and much more anywhere, from the airport to the cafe.”
Under its Project Spring £7 billion investment programme, Vodafone has fast-tracked its 4G roaming plans to ensure that key holiday destinations are covered in time for the summer break. It will also offer 4G roaming to customers of other operators under its existing reciprocal roaming agreements.