Internet Solutions and ATC South Africa have signed a five-year contract under which Internet Solutions will use ATC South Africa’s towers to expand its delivery of current wireless solutions and position it to offer Long Term Evolution (LTE) or 4G broadband services when those are enabled in South Africa.
In the short term, the agreement enables Internet Solutions to extend its IS Wi-Band offering beyond large metros to key markets throughout South Africa.
“Internet Solutions applied for and was granted by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) bandwidth in the 28GHz spectrum that enables it to provide its clients with licensed wireless point to multipoint connectivity facilities and a cost effective bridge to LTE,” the company said in a press statement.
“The offering bypasses the current industry impasse around the liberalisation of LTE-capable wireless frequencies in the 2.6GHz and 3.5GHz spectrum to give organisations easily deployed, reliable, fast, secure wireless connectivity.”
“The only limitation we had to IS Wi-Band was the number of towers we had access to, most of which were in the major metropolitan areas,” said Internet Solutions Carrier Services executive, Raj Wanniappa.
“We’ve now removed that limitation by gaining access to ATC South Africa’s nationwide network of towers. We can give any organisation close to an ATC South Africa tower immediate access to wireless capability.”
IS Wi-Band is capable of transmitting data volumes up to 20Mbps. Because it operates in a regulated, licensed spectrum, interference is eliminated.