Broadband operator, iBurst, has completed the installation of its 250th base station, which went live in the East Rand town of Brakpan at the end of September.
The base station, situated near a mine, aims to bring affordable high-speed broadband Internet access to the residents and businesses of Brakpan and Maryvlei Extension as well as to the local school, which iBurst is provisioning with Internet access as part of its social responsibility effort.
"This marks a major milestone for iBurst, as it continues to expand its national network to bring always-on Internet access to as many consumers and businesses as possible," says Thami Mtshali, CEO of iBurst.
iBurst believes that affordable, reliable Internet services are key to driving economic growth throughout SA because they help SMEs to become more efficient and productive, he adds.
"Small businesses are attracted to – and flourish in – areas where there is a good telecoms infrastructure. The availability of the iBurst platform in this area of Brakpan will help to drive business investment in the area as well as create new business opportunities for those already active there," says Mtshali.
"The SMME sector is a priority for government and business because it is known to be highly effective in creating jobs. The more products and services big business develops specifically for SMMEs the quicker the sector grows."