Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT

Rural Eastern Cape to get wireless broadband

4 April 2007 Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT

A project to roll out WiMAX broadband services in the Amathole district of the Eastern Cape will offer local residents and businesses access to high-speed Internet access and free voice over IP (VoIP) telephone calls within the network by the middle of this year.

The deal will see Tellumat install WiMAX basestations on behalf of under-serviced area licence holder Amatole Telecommunication Services in regional centres including East London, Bhisho, King Williams Town, Alice and Fort Beaufort in the first phase of the roll out. The network will be expanded in further phases to cover other targeted areas in the Amathole district.

"WiMAX is specifically designed to cover wide geographical areas serving large numbers of users at an affordable price," says Tellumat's Geoff Carey. "Worldwide it is considered one of the best solutions for 'last mile' broadband connectivity. WiMAX technology can offer access speeds approaching 70 Mbps per basestation sector. The broadband service will be offered with connect speeds ranging between 64 kbps and 2 Mbps, effectively providing a wireless alternative to other broadband service offerings.

Amatole operations director, Bevan Booy, says the company, which has so far offered cellphone services through roaming agreements with the major cell networks, will offer both voice and data services including VoIP through its wireless broadband network.

The deal is pending release of funding from the Universal Service Agency, but Booy says Amatole intends to launch services in June this year.

For more information contact Geoff Carey, Tellumat, +27 (0)11 695 7881, or Bevan Booy, Amatole Telecommunication Services, +27 (0)43 722 8417,

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