Telkom launches WiMAX, Vodacom plans rival service

20 Jun 2007

Telkom South Africa has launched its first commercial WiMAX wireless broadband services. The operator is targeting areas not currently reached by its ADSL fixed high speed networks. Prices for the new WiMAX service, which has been dubbed Do Broadband Wireless, start at ZAR240 (USD33.43) a month for basic 512kbps access, rising to ZAR479 a month for a connection which includes 3GB of data transfer.

Meanwhile, other South African telcos are preparing their own WiMAX services. Cellular operator Vodacom, in which Telkom owns a 50% stake, is planning to go head-to-head with its parent company by launching a 2.6GHz WiMAX system in partnership with wireless ISP iBurst. The second national operator Neotel is also planning a WiMAX launch for the end of this year, while local ISP MWeb recently began WiMAX trials with 1,000 users in Gauteng and Cape Town. More information on global wireless broadband deployments can be found in TeleGeography’s WiMAX Market Tracking Service.