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WirelessCo will boost SA Wi-Fi

The formation of WirelessCo has been approved by the SA Competition Commission. The WirelessCo was formed to accelerate the deployment of Wi-Fi networks, enabling South Africans to access the Internet more affordably.

The formation of WirelessCo, which combines the Wi-Fi network assets of Wi-Fi provider AlwaysOn, owned by Internet Solutions, with the Wi-Fi assets of MWEB Wi-Fi, has been approved by the South African Competition Commission.

WirelessCo will be owned by Dimension Data (51%) and Multichoice (49%) respectively, and the company will build and operate an open access carrier-grade Wi-Fi network.

The new company will comprise of employees from MWEB Wi-Fi, as well as AlwaysOn employees who manage the AlwaysOn network.

Wi-Fi is fast becoming the preferred and most cost effective alternative to traditional data communications in a mobile environment, and WirelessCo will enable the accelerated roll out of a Wi-Fi network that will ensure more and more South African’s can access the Internet affordably,” said Saki Missaikos, Managing Director of Internet Solutions.

Business and individuals will benefit from an ubiquitous Wi-Fi network across South Africa and we are looking forward to the challenge of building the largest open-access carrier grade WiFi network across the country,” he said.

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