In September 2009 MWEB Business announced that it was using the eThekwini metropolitan Metro Ethernet fibre network since early 2009 to provide businesses in the region with ‘faster, more reliable Internet access’.
Andre Joubert, GM of MWEB Business, said at the time that the largely fibre-based eThekwini MetroConnect network offers several bandwidth options at rates up to 60% lower than the copper-based diginet offerings.
“In most instances, our clients have migrated from the standard copper-based diginet or ADSL lines to the EThekwini Metro Fibre network, which offers improved service levels, higher capacity and reduced costs. Our own MWEB Durban offices have changed over from an ADSL service to a MetroConnect line, and we have seen a significant improvement in the quality and speed of our service,” said Joubert.
In a recent interview with MyBroadband, Joubert said that this project is working very well for both MWEB Business and their clients, with virtually no network problems and aggressive pricing.
Joubert explains that the Durban/eThekwini municipality is set on growing its fibre network, and is even throwing in free (or at least heavily subsidized) installations to remove any barrier of entry.
According to Joubert the eThekwini MetroConnect fibre network, which is currently managed and operated by Dimension Data, has proven to provide a very suitable Diginet leased line replacement to both MWEB Business and its clients.
Joubert said that their clients, which have typical connection speeds of between 512Kbps and 10Mbps, are benefitting from scalable fibre solutions and are paying less than half of what they can expect to pay to use copper based leased lines from Telkom.
MWEB is providing a full suite of services – including VPN, voice and data offerings – using their fibre solution based on the eThekwini MetroConnect fibre network.
According to Joubert, the business model behind the eThekwini MetroConnect fibre network can also serve as an example to other municipalities such as Johannesburg, Pretoria/Tshwane and Cape Town who have done a lot of talking but are lagging behind Durban in terms of implementation.
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