BENIN'S MANTIC TARGETS CORPORATE MARKET WITH WIRELESS ACCESS SERVICE
Benin-based company Mantic has recently installed its first wi-fi line in the country's capital Cotonou. Mantic's D-G Spero Ganse believes that the technology is ideal for the corporate market, particularly conference centres and hotels.
The company has been in existence for six years and until recently was just an ISP. Ganse says:"Wi-fi technology is not yet well known in Benin. But when we made our first demonstration of the technology back in July it was well received." It is putting up access points in zones 30 and 31 of the capital, covering the main areas of commercial activity. Ganse saysthat the company is in discussion with certain large building owners about adding wi-fi access points.
It costs FCFA250,000 to install and FCFA20,000 a month for a 64K connection. Ganse believes it compares favourably with the incumbent's broadband ADSL offer. That costs FCFA200,000 for a modem, FCFA15,000 for installation and a monthly charge of FCFA80,000. Also like broadband, it's an "always-on" connection and the user can connect anywhere there is an access point. Mantic has a range of different bandwidth offerings: 64K, 128K, 256K, 512K and 2 megabits.
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