Is the Merger of Pan-African ISPs a good sign for Internet Prices?


Customers subscribing to iWay Internet brand are set to benefit from efficient high, quality and reliable service after the merger of Afsat Communications and MWEB Africa.

Afsat and MWEB have been operating in several of the same countries, but their services were complementary and together they would have more buying muscle for renting transmission capacity from companies that operate the satellites.

In a press statement issued by Afsat, the Chief Executive Officer, Mr Salim Suleiman said the iWay brand provides more than 50,000 corporate customers across Africa.

"We will provide MWEB with our satellite network expertise and wide coverage across the continent. Becoming part of the MWEB Africa Group will enable the business to expand to new level," he said.

Through its iWay brand, Afsat provides fast reliable and secure broadband Internet connectivity solutions to corporate, businesses and residential customers.

It also provides reliable and secure corporate data networks to large banks, corporate and government institutions.

The MWEB Africa General Manager, Mr Harry Aucamp the company's strategy is to expand its presence and Internet services throughout Africa.

"The merger will considerably strengthen our representation and underlines our commitment to be a leading player in this dynamic market. Afsat's iWay service is perfect fit with our current MWEB VSAT strategy," he said.

MWeb Africa is part of the Naspers Group, a multimillion media company with interests in electronic and print media which also includes Multichoice and Media24.

The Monitor