iBurst has completed the installation of its 250th base station which went live in the East Rand town of Brakpan at the end of September.
The new base station, situated near a mine, brings affordable high-speed broadband Internet access to residents and businesses of Brakpan and Maryvlei Extension as well as to the local school which iBurst is provisioning with Internet access as part of its social responsibility effort.
"This marks a major milestone for iBurst as it continues to expand its national network to bring always-on Internet access to as many consumers and businesses as possible," says Thami Mtshali, CEO of iBurst.
iBurst believes that affordable, reliable Internet services are key to driving economic growth throughout South Africa because they help small to medium-sized businesses to become more efficient and productive, he adds.
"Small businesses are attracted to – and flourish in – areas where there is a good telecoms infrastructure. The availability of the iBurst platform in this area of Brakpan will help to drive business investment in the area as well as create new business opportunities for those already active there," says Mtshali.
"The SMME sector is a priority for government and business because it is known to be highly effective in creating jobs. The more products and services big business develops specifically for SMMEs the quicker the sector grows."
The base station will also be a boon for schools in the area since students will be able to access information from their own homes.
Looking ahead to the future, iBurst will continue to roll out new base
stations across the country to move into new areas as well as to improve coverage of the towns, cities and suburbs where it is already active. The company recently went live with its first WiMax base station, and will continue rolling out this technology countrywide.