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Vox calls for partnerships with wireless internet service providers

Vox is calling all wireless internet service providers (WISPS) to partner with it in an aim to enhance connectivity in towns where broadband coverage is limited, or where ADSL is old, over-subscribed, and unlikely to be extended.
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Leveraging its investment in its national long distance fibre project, which was launched in October 2016, Vox is deploying wireless links via a high capacity backhaul that it anticipates will assist WISPS to convert what were previously best effort basic services to a more inclusive, far-reaching broadband connectivity experience for businesses and residents.

Vox has prioritised smaller towns along the eastbound N4 route between Johannesburg and Durban and all the towns along the NLD will be considered as drop off points, but it will initially focus its efforts on the larger towns. WISPS throughout this route are encouraged to make contact with Vox and work alongside the service provider to maximise the connectivity boom that is headed to their towns.

Says Jacques du Toit, CEO at Vox, “By improving the backhaul, we will enable local peering and caching; high-speed access and drive future investment in the network. We see partnership as the best way to drive a better connectivity experience for businesses and residents outside of major metropolitan centres.”

Role of the WISP is changing

The company is of the view that the role of the WISP is rapidly changing - moving away from being merely the go-between for businesses (or residents) and connectivity, to being more consultative, delivering customer services management and advisory capabilities.

“The successful deployment of better quality networks, increased internet-based services beyond email and online banking and greater penetration, becomes a useful motivation for fibre rollouts into the future,” adds du Toit.