SA'S BROADBAND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES OFFERS WIFI VOIP ON CONVERGED LAN

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South Africa's Broadband Communications Technologies has set up a converged LAN offering Wi-VoIP to one of South Africa's leading casino operators. The installation has 74 base stations and offers coverage over 50,000 sq metres. Business Communications Technologies' Sadiq Malik told News Update:"It's a large campus and many people are never at their desks. So they can make free phone calls over the LAN using a Wi-Fi enabled, portable phone or a PDA."

All employees are given either a handset or a PDA. The VoIP-enabled handsets cost R2000 each and the PDAs R5,000 each. The network has a Quality of Service traffic management system.

Whilst the network is currently targeted at corporates with mobile workforces on a single premises, it gives a clear illustration of the potential of the technology to create "micro-cells" for places like towns if regulations were eased.