Neotel said that over the last few months that have been preparing to roll-out residential and SMME offerings. These services will initially be deployed as a pilot for a limited number of customers to test the stability of processes and systems before launching the services commercially.
“This pilot service will be available in July this year, following the live internal testing of the network, scheduled for later this month (June). The pilot service will offer converged high-speed Internet access and voice services over a single device, although some pilot customers will also be requested to test low-speed Internet and voice-only services,” Neotel said.
These pilot services will be delivered over Neotel’s CDMA2000 1x EV-DO network, allowing for peak speeds of 2.4 Mbps (with average customer experience ranging from 200 to 500 kbps for the high-speed Internet offering).
“These speeds are considered more than adequate for standard Internet usage, including general browsing, e-mail access as well as content & application downloads. The pilot service is expected to last for 6 to 8 weeks, before these services are launched commercially,” Neotel said.
Neotel said that it is also actively working towards the introduction of its true broadband offering over WiMAX as well as wireline technologies.
According to Neotel, these services will enable customers to make more advanced use of the Internet, including on-demand services such as music and video, as well as efficiency enhancing applications for SMMEs.
Neotel’s WiMAX-based broadband offering will be available towards the end of 2007, and will provide a convenient upgrade option for customers wanting a high speed Internet access service.