South Africa's MWeb to Close Last Remnant of Old WiMAX Network


South African internet service provider, MWeb plans to shut-down its lingering wireless network at the end of this month, having already migrated customers over to alternative platforms.

The wireless network was a remnant of an early WiMAX trial in 2007 and when the trial license wasn't extended, the company retained the infrastructure to support a Wi-Fi based last-mile ISP service.

MWeb Business General Manager, Andre Joubert told BusinessTech that expanding the network is not economically viable and that without coverage the company was turning away customers.

When the WiMAX network was trialed, it offered service to about 1,000 customers in Cape Town and Gauteng.