Vodacom last year unveiled plans to extend their broadband offerings and started selling and supporting iBurst in addition to its own 3G/HSDPA services. The company also unveiled plans to launch commercial WiMax and ADSL offerings.
The mobile provider initially planned a late 2007 WiMax launch, but challenges experienced with WiMax standards and the lack of availability of commercial 802.16e equipment and end user devices from suppliers has delayed their commercial offering until March 2008.
Vodacom has however started trialing and rolling out WiMAX 802.16e in Gauteng, Durban and Cape Town, which is to be finalized during the first quarter of this year.
The company is also still planning an ADSL product, but no formal timeline has been set.
“In terms of offering a commercial ADSL service to customers – we can confirm that negotiations with the relevant providers of such services are ongoing and that the intent is still to bring an ADSL offering to market as soon as possible,” said Vodacom’s Chief Communications Officer Dot Field.