MWEB has launched a new promotion offering two months of free uncapped MWEB Wi-Fi at the Canal Walk shopping centre in Cape Town.
MWEB is also planning to launch Wi-Fi services at other shopping malls, hotels, hospitals, transport hubs and restaurants in the first phase of 150 venues.
Nathier Kasu, General Manager at MWEB Wi-Fi, said that their aim is two-fold:
- To support the MWEB uncapped ADSL customer offer with an out-of-home Wi-Fi value-add allowing one to ‘take your broadband connection with you’ and secondly provide a supplementary on-the-go connectivity solution as an alternative to 3G/LTE services.
- To change the perception of public Wi-Fi as a credible alternative with affordable, easy-to-access and a consistent experience across the venue.
Kasu said that the initial response to their Wi-Fi service at the Canal Walk in Cape Town is very positive.
“We are averaging over 400 registrations per day at Canal Walk and this will grow as awareness of the service grows. The number of daily logins has been impressive to date,” said Kasu.
MWEB free Wi-Fi performance
Kasu said that they have seen real world speeds in excess of 10Mbps at Canal Walk.
“Speed and throughput in the real-world is tough to manage due to interference from other electronic devices using the same frequency range,” said Kasu.
“Whilst the impact to devices using the 2.4Ghz spectrum range is noticeable in ‘noisy’ environment, performance from devices using the 5Ghz frequency band is remarkable,” he added.
“As newer smartphones and tablets are shipped with dual-band Wi-Fi radios (using both 2.4 and 5Ghz ranges) it allows Wi-Fi operators to offer higher speeds and more consistent experience.”
MWEB is using Wi-Fi access points from Ruckus Wireless in conjunction with their Hotspot 2.0 ready Ruckus Smart Cell Gateway for their Wi-Fi networks.
“This gives us the flexibility and rich feature set needed to address current and future opportunities with Wi-Fi as the underlying access technology,” said Kasu.
The venue’s network is connected to MWEB’s core network using mainly fibre links.
“We also use a range of fixed and wireless alternatives for smaller venues where fibre is either not feasible or not available within a reasonable time-frame,” said Kasu.
“As the Wi-Fi network leverages the scale and reach of the existing MWEB core network, we can now offer on-the-go services to existing MWEB ADSL customers as well as those who do not have ADSL.”