WiMax, although delayed by licensing issues, could still play a significant role in the telecoms landscape in South Africa. But operators should get their implementations rolling as soon as possible.
This is the word from Linda Khumalo, head of sub-region: southern Africa at Nokia Siemens Network, who points out that the mobile broadband is well served by the HSDPA services of the two mobile networks – Vodacom and MTN.
"However, as the fixed line operators continue to role out fibre, they will slowly reduce the size of the available market for those considering launching WiMax," he says.
"Still, even with fibre being rolled out, there will remain many blank spots which WiMax could be used to cover. Thus, there is definitely a market for Wimax in South Africa – but those who want to, must deploy it sooner rather than later."
The company is trialling WiMax in a number of areas in South Africa, he adds, and it steadily expanding its reach.
Nokia Siemens Networks recently celebrated its first year in operation in South Africa and Khumalo says indications for growth in the region are positive.
"We will expand our already large presence accordingly as the market and the demand for a greater presence grows," he says.