MWEB has launched an uncapped WiMAX offering targeted at the SME market. Speeds of up to 512kbps will be charged at ZAR299 (USD37.79) per month, speeds of up to 1Mbps will cost ZAR999, and a 4Mbps line will cost ZAR2,795, which is comparable to the costs of an uncapped ADSL package. The WiMAX service will be available in selected areas, including Sandton, Boksburg, Isando and Midrand, in Johannesburg and N1 City and the central business district in Cape Town. The company said it was using an open spectrum band for the service initially, while hoping to obtain spectrum in the 2.6GHz and 3.5GHz bands when the anticipated spectrum auction takes place.
TeleGeography’s 4G research service reports that in July 2009 the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) published draft regulations which outline the procedures and criteria for granting spectrum licences and suggested that four operators will be allocated 30MHz each in the 2.6GHz band, while licences in the 3.5GHz band will be awarded covering specific geographic catchment areas, with each operator receiving a maximum of 28MHz of spectrum per region.