New Wi-Fi company HeroTel is planning to “partner with wireless Internet service providers (Wisps) around the country to help them become more profitable”.
The company said its “ultimate goal is to make it easy for consumers to install broadband in their houses using partners in the Hero Alliance”.
Alan Knott-Craig Junior, founder and CEO of Wi-Fi infrastructure provider Project Isizwe, is the chairman of Hero Alliance.
Knott-Craig told Techcentral that HeroTel plans to “consolidate the disparate regional wireless broadband providers under a national brand and unlock the economies of scale”.
He added that HeroTel is currently working on “integrating Wisps under a unified network and brand”, before its official launch in April 2016.
Corne de Villiers will lead HeroTel as CEO, and he is joined by Van Zyl Botha as CFO, Francois Wessels as COO, and Imel Rautenbach as CIO.
The launch of HeroTel is in line with the Wireless Access Providers’ Association’s (WAPA’s) prediction that wireless broadband access will gain momentum in 2015.
“WAPA expects that while some may compete head-on with smaller providers, many of these operators will partner with the local Wisps, through some form of reseller or local support arrangement,” the organisation said.