VERIZON BUSINESS HAS PLANS TO ENTER CONSUMER BROADBAND MARKET IN SOUTH AFRICA
Verizon Business South Africa, formerly known as UUNet, is making tentative plans to enter the consumer broadband space in South Africa.
In the past UUNet were predominantly focused on supplying solutions to large corporates and businesses but with the Verizon take-over it appears that the company will be broadening its horizons. Verizon’s overseas branches are big players in the consumer field and with expertise of this nature they may just be able to spice up the local arena.
But for this year Verizon Business will be consolidating their position in South Africa and wait until they have a feel for how best to enter this new space. According to Rowan Chetty, head of new business development at Verizon Business, they are in the process of acquiring a WiMAX license and will start testing the service in the latter parts of this year.
But Verizon Business has not been sitting idle. It is currently testing WiFi in their Cape Town offices and according to Chetty the results are promising.
Verizon Business are looking into offering a service of this nature commercially but they need get a license before this is possible. Chetty emphasized that they want to offer this service to consumers but will work through their reseller channels. They will put together a package for retailers to take to the market. The good news is that in the near future there may be yet another player in the wireless broadband environment.