Final nail in the coffin for MWEB’s dead WiMAX network

31 May 2012

South African broadband provider MWEB has confirmed that it will switch off its legacy wireless broadband network at the end of May, and says that it has already migrated most of its customers to other platforms. General manager Andre Joubert told MyBroadband.co.za that the network is basically a remnant of the company’s trial WiMAX network that dates back to 2007. Following the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (ICASA’s) refusal to extend MWEB’s WiMAX trial licence in early 2008, the company announced that it would switch off the under construction network in April 2008. However, with all of the sites and backhaul links in place, MWEB decided to continue to operate the network using unlicensed 5.7GHz spectrum and Wi-Fi equipment for last mile access. Now however, the decision has been taken to switch off the network, with the company unwilling to provide the resources required to expand coverage and reach viable economies of scale.

South Africa, MWEB (South Africa)