Neotel and the Wireless Access Providers’ Association of South Africa (WAPA) have partnered to extend Neotel’s last mile access footprint to provide companies and consumers with broadband services.
WAPA announced in a press statement that Neotel approached the organisation in 2010 to discuss the possibility of its members providing connectivity outside the reach of its fibre network.
A WAPA registered wireless provider was chosen in a proof-of-concept network, and the project is on track with links currently being tested by Neotel.
“This project holds great promise for the average South African business and consumer in that it is one of many that will bring even greater high quality broadband coverage to our country,” WAPA said in a press statement.
The wireless providers basically provide last mile access to end users using their wireless network, and then uses Neotel’s fibre network to backhaul traffic and provide telecoms and broadband services to subscribers.
Wireless providers currently cover large parts of South Africa using Wi-Fi technology, and this initiative can have a positive impact on broadband coverage in South Africa if it proves successful.