iBurst launches WiMAX

28 May 2008

South African wireless ISP Wireless Broadband Solutions (WBS), which trades as iBurst, has launched its first commercial WiMAX-based services. The 802.16e network has been deployed using equipment from two vendors, Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei, and has been supported by WBS shareholder Vodacom. 120 base stations have been deployed in Gauteng, Western Cape (Cape Town) and KwaZulu-Natal, local website MyBroadband reports. Although the 802.16e network can support full mobility, services are currently being offered as a fixed line alternative; mobile internet services will be offered once network coverage and capacity has been increased. The WiMAX service will offer maximum download speeds of either 512kbps or 1Mbps, with capped monthly quotas of 5GB and 10GB. Pricing details are currently awaiting approval by telecoms regulator ICASA.