Econet Wireless, the country’s largest telecoms company, and the official telecommunications partner to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly launches LTE in Victoria Falls in time for the indaba which begins on Saturday.
LTE, or Long Term Evolution, is the latest standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for cell phones and data terminals. It is the natural progression of mobile broadband from the 3G that Econet currently provides, allowing much higher user speeds (up to 300mbps download), faster connection times, and less round-trip latency. To the end user, this means a faster, more reliable browsing experience.
International visitors who are arriving in Zimbabwe for the indaba will be able to take advantage of world-class high speed Internet throughout Victoria Falls. Econet has deployed 16 LTE base stations in the country, and will soon roll out the service to Harare and Bulawayo. According to the company, “LTE will change the face of Internet access in Zimbabwe, allowing more people to use bandwidth hungry applications like chat and email, to video calls and conferencing.”
Econet already has the largest 3G and voice network in the country; the launch of 4th generation Internet will solidify their leading market position.
4G LTE from Econet is available from today at Harare International Airport, Bulawayo International Airport, Victoria Falls International Airport, Victoria Falls town, and Harare CBD.