Telkom, Vodacom expand WiMAX businesses

21 Nov 2007

Telkom South Africa has revealed more details of its ongoing WiMAX network rollout. The firm currently has 27 operational WiMAX base stations and is planning to add a further 71, reports local website MyBroadband. In addition, Telkom says it intends to launch WiMAX voice services by March next year.

Separately, the South African cellco Vodacom says it plans to increase its stake in the wireless broadband operator iBurst from the current level of 10% to 25.1%. iBurst, the operating arm of Wireless Broadband Solutions (WBS), is one of four WiMAX licensees in South Africa alongside Telkom, Neotel and Sentech. Vodacom is keen to capitalise on iBurst’s WiMAX concession, saying it plans to deploy several hundred 802.16e mobile WiMAX base stations to provide high speed internet services in areas not currently covered by fixed broadband networks.