South Africa: MWEB Business satellite Internet service launched


MWEB Business has launched a new satellite Internet service aimed at rural communities, farmers and other areas where standard broadband access is not available.

MWEB Business GM Andre Joubert said that Internet access has always been problematic, if not impossible, for individuals and businesses located in regions where ADSL, 3G and even electricity is unavailable or unreliable.

“The new MWEB Business VSAT service is going to make a huge difference to farmers and game lodge owners, as well as the mining and construction industries which currently face enormous difficulties communicating with their head offices in the cities,” said Joubert.

“We also anticipate demand from businesses sponsoring connectivity for schools in the remotest rural areas.”

MWEB Business added that their VSAT services will also provide telephony services, and can be used as a backup to fixed line services in areas which are prone to cable theft.

MWEB Business’s satellite solution can also operate effectively using solar power, which makes it suitable for areas without reliable electricity.

 “Because latency is such an important factor in satellite connectivity, particularly for VoIP (voice over IP) services, we at MWEB are making use of a satellite teleport (transmission station) that is based in South Africa,” Joubert esxplained.

MWEB Business’ satellite service offers speeds of up to 4Mbps and is available in various bundles used to complement either a VPN or basic internet service.

Customers can choose to ‘hard cap’ their bundle, in which case the service will be halted once the bundle has reached its limit. Alternatively, they can opt to continue to receive service at an out-of-bundle rate once they exceed their bundle limit.

The equipment required to utilise the service, including the satellite dishes, can be leased or purchased outright.

The pricing is as follows:

   * MWEB VSAT – 1GB: R640

   * MWEB VSAT – 3GB: R1,299

   * MWEB VSAT – 5GB: R1,999

   * MWEB VSAT – 10GB: R3,469

Out of bundle rates are charged at R0.60 per MB