Econet’s Ecoweb launching mobile WiMAX next month

31 Mar 2010

Ecoweb, the wholly owned ISP subsidiary of Zimbabwe’s largest cellco Econet Wireless, has revealed that it is in the final testing phase of a mobile WiMAX project and will be opening up the new network to subscribers next month, reports technology site Ecoweb’s general manager, Tororiro Isaac Chaza, said: ‘The deployment of mobile WiMAX will take place in two phases. In the initial phase, a total investment of 100 WiMAX base stations will be deployed across the country, targeting our main business centres. All the network elements are in place and testing and network optimisation is currently in progress. Deployment of the service is envisaged to begin April 2010 … The mobile WiMAX network will be capable of carrying mobile, nomadic and fixed services ranging from individual netbooks to large corporate networks. The technology is also suitable for use as backhaul for mobile networks.’ Ecoweb first announced it was preparing to launch mobile WiMAX services in October 2009.