‘High Speed Internet’ trials
Neotel recently started the pilot for their residential voice and high-speed Internet services in parts of Johannesburg and Pretoria.
These pilot services are being deployed using the globally benchmarked CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A technology, which is currently capable of delivering peak speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps.
Neotel points out that while the peak speed is generally used by most operators to advertise their products, this speed is seldom experienced by customers.
Neotel is more realistic about the performance of their CDMA offering. “With Neotel’s high-speed Internet services, customers are expected to experience average speeds in the range of 250 kbps to 750 kbps, depending on a variety of factors,” Neotel said.
The second national operator said that the testing of its network is already underway, during which the company will also test the various supporting processes and systems.
The company will initially launch basic Internet services bundled with voice, as well as voice-only services.
Neotel said that it has received an overwhelming response to its request for participants for the pilot, and the selection of pilot customers from the requests will begin around the third week of July.
“In addition to the requests received thus far, Neotel plans to also invite a few pilot customers from amongst the MyBroadband members, in order to further improve the quality of feedback regarding the products and services,” Neotel pointed out.
Public participants will join the current trial users from the end of this month.
Apart from its basic Internet and voice services over CDMA, Neotel is also planning to launch true broadband services before the end of the year.
These services will initially be offered over WiMAX, but will gradually be available through wireline technologies such as xDSL and Fibre.
Neotel pointed out that it has recently been accepted as a member of the WiMAX Forum, and is also a founding member of the African CDMA Forum, affiliated to the CDMA Development Group globally.
At a recent Computer Society of SA conference on telecoms developments in South Africa, Neotel pointed out that they have the enviable advantage over Telkom of not having to develop a network based on existing legacy technologies.
Neotel is building a true New Generation Network which should provide high bandwidth and great manageability. It is further exploring various options to ensure adequate and affordable international bandwidth for the future.