MWEB launches uncapped wireless
MWEB has announced the launch of its own self-provisioned wireless network providing uncapped wireless for businesses in greater Johannesburg and Cape Town.
MWEB said that while the industry waits for details on the issuing of WiMAX spectrum, it has built base stations covering Sandton, Boksburg, Isando (Kempton Park) and Midrand in Johannesburg, as well as N1 City and the Cape Town CBD.
"This footprint will be expanded on an ongoing basis throughout the year and the network will utilize open unlicenced spectrum bands using Alvarion wireless equipment to broadcast signal in a 5km radius of the base stations," MWEB said.
Bernard Kur, head of product management and development at MWEB Business said the group would provide three options including 512kbps 1024kbps and 4096kbps.
Kur added that all offerings were uncapped and unshaped for a fixed monthly fee, which includes the cost of the router and wireless hardware needed. "The fixed fee will allow businesses to budget accurately, with no need to buy boosters during the month," the group said.
Uncapped Wireless is also a true failover option for customers, without the traditional high costs associated with wireless failover, it said. Failover is the ability to automatically switch to an alternative server, system or network if the one you are working on fails.
"Uncapped Wireless will be suitable either as a primary connection or as a fail-over to traditional uncapped ADSL or leased lines. Customers will also be able view usage graphs as well as receive notifications should the link go down," Kur said.
Earlier this week mobile telecommunications group MTN South Africa (MTN) launched two uncapped internet packages with effect from June 1, 2010.
The new packages, MTN Broadband Uncapped Lite (R749) and MTN Broadband Uncapped Pro (R1999), would be subject to a fair usage policy of 3GB and 10GB respectively and would be available on a 24-month contract, the group said.