Apple has updated its iOS mobile platform, adding high-speed LTE connectivity to 36 additional iPhone carriers and 23 additional iPad carriers around the world.
The update also brings Vodacom's LTE service, launched late last year, to the iPhone 5.
Users will need to be on a Vodacom contract and acquire a SIM card provisioned for LTE in order to utilise the service.
"iOS 6.1 brings LTE support to more markets around the world, so even more users can enjoy ultrafast Safari browsing, FaceTime video calls, iCloud services, and iTunes and App Store downloads," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing.
Additional updates in iOS 6.1 include the ability to use Siri to purchase movie tickets in the US through Fandango, and iTunes Match subscribers can download individual songs to their iOS devices from iCloud.
Other South African networks do not seem to be enabled at this time.