South African internet service provider (ISP) MWeb is to trial WiMAX (worldwide interoperability for microwave access) mobile broadband in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The trial will involve around a thousand home and business users. MWeb has recently been allocated a WiMAX test licence by regulator Icasa, and is hoping to secure a commercial WiMAX licence when the remaining spectrum is allocated later in the year. MWeb successfully deployed a WiMAX network in neighbouring Namibia in February 2007. Eight base stations will be installed for the trial using equipment from Israeli vendor Alvarion — five in Johannesburg and three in Cape Town.