MWeb business has announced the launch of a new suite of uncapped satellite connectivity products which will provide internet connections to users living and working in remote parts of South Africa or on the outskirts of major metropolitan areas.
All packages are uncapped and a range of connectivity speeds are available, with prices ranging from R915 per month for a 1Mbps connection to R3,075 for 10Mbps.
“In certain scenarios, the initial capped offerings have not been able to adequately address the “always-on” needs of businesses that depend on the Internet for their day-to-day operations,” said Hennie van Tonder, head of products at MWeb Business.
According to van Tonder there has been great demand for satellite connectivity from the mining, agricultural, construction, and education sectors.
“Even with the more recent aggressive roll-out of fibre infrastructure in South Africa, it has only incrementally increased the available services to outlying areas,” he said.
This launch comes on the heels of market speculation that MWeb Business may be sold off to Dimension Data.
It was recently reported that MWeb may be in discussions with Dimension Data regarding the sale of three of its divisions – MWeb Business, MWeb Wi-Fi, and Optinet.
MWeb Business was founded in 1998 as the business division of MWEB to cater for the specific connectivity requirements of South Africa’s medium and large enterprises.
Optinet is responsible for the core network and other network infrastructure for MWEB and Naspers.
So far both parties have denied requests for comment on the rumours.