Businesses of all sizes in the eThekwini metropolitan area are reaping the benefits of faster, more reliable Internet access over the Metro Ethernet fibre network – and MWeb Business has connected 24 companies to the service in the past eight months.
Andre Joubert, GM of MWeb Business, says the largely fibre-based eThekwini MetroConnect network offers several bandwidth options at rates up to 60% lower than the copper-based diginet offerings. In addition, the cables are not vulnerable to theft, so provide more uptime for users.
“In most instances, our clients have migrated from the standard copper-based diginet or ADSL lines to the EThekwini Metro Fibre network, which offers improved service levels, higher capacity and reduced costs. Our own MWeb Durban offices have changed over from an ADSL service to a MetroConnect line, and we have seen a significant improvement in the quality and speed of our service,” says Joubert.
“Our clients are using the network for a variety of applications, including streaming live video and running call centre applications – and the network handles these superbly,” he adds.
Some of MWeb’s recently connected clients include East Coast IT – which in turn supplies Top Carpets, Reebok and Easton Berry – the Oceanographic research institute, and uShaka Marine World.
Venishan Naidu, IT manager at uShaka Marine World says MWeb Business’s implementation of the Metro Fibre network had exceeded his expectations in many aspects.
uShaka Marine World has a 512kbps Metro Ethernet Line, with 512kbps of bandwidth across it. Approximately 60 users are connected, running several different applications for the back-office management and marketing of the attraction.