Sentech close to WiMAX network announcement

19 Sep 2007

The state-owned telco Sentech has said it plans to deploy an 802.16e mobile WiMAX network to replace its existing fixed wireless access system, which it operates under the name MyWireless. The government recently allocated ZAR500 million (USD70 million) for Sentech’s WiMAX network deployment. The Sentech MyWireless service, which is based on IPWireless technology, currently has around 2,000 to 3,000 users, according to local website MyBroadband. Sentech says it is currently in the final stages of selecting a WiMAX equipment vendor and network rollout should commence within the next few months. The government is expected to fund around ZAR3.2 billion of the total ZAR4.4 billion which it will cost over the next ten years to deploy the national network; the remainder will come from private financing.

South Africa, Sentech