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20/11/2003 14:49 - (SA)
Johannesburg - Sentech, the state signal transmission utility, said on Wednesday it would offer commercial wireless broadband internet access from the end of January 2004.
"It will mean that users don't need a physical connection in order to use the internet," Sentech said in a statement.
The company plans to provide wireless broadband services to consumers and businesses in three stages, starting with MyWireless 128.
Two faster versions of the wireless offering with bandwidths of 256 kilobytes per second (kbps) and 512kbps, aimed at small- to medium-sized enterprises, will be rolled out in the following months.
Winston Smith, portfolio manager of Sentech's broadband products, said MyWireless would be the first broadband alternative to traditional dial-up internet connections.
"Instead of internet traffic being routed by wire line or satellite networks, it will be transmitted using high powered radio technology from high sites that we will deploy," he said.
Smith said wireless broadband is different to wi-fi wireless technology.
"Wi-fi is a short-range technology, with a small hot-spot footprint. It also has to be coupled to a physical internet connection. Wireless broadband, on the other hand, has a 3 to 5km radius in an urban environment. That said, wi-fi and broadband wireless are complementary technologies."
Sentech's initial broadband internet package will be a bundled service comprising the USB or PCMCIA modem, a connection and unlimited internet access for a fixed monthly fee. The products will initially be available in Gauteng early next year, with Durban and Cape Town following soon afterwards.
"The service will be competitively priced compared to what people are used to paying for traditional analogue dial-up internet access," said Smith.
Users can expect speedy connections because My Wireless is a "contended service", meaning the number of people able to use the system at the same time is limited.
"There is no usage capping either, which means you can send and receive as much internet traffic as you like without paying extra," added Smith.
"These end-to-end services are totally contained on the Sentech broadband wireless internet network and we have sophisticated software to take care of load balancing. The network's coverage will grow over time and be available in more areas. We are expecting good demand for the service which has done well in other markets like the US, Germany and Malaysia," he explained.
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