As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced digital telephony and applications, O-TEL today announced the activation of new Wi-Fi wireless sites in Newcastle, which will enhance coverage for area residents and businesses.

The new wireless sites are one part of O-TEL’s ongoing efforts to drive innovation and extend its Wi-Fi wireless network – the fastest in the nation, according to independent testing. It is also part of O-TEL’s ongoing investment to build the broadband networks that will fuel economic growth and create jobs, and enable the its customers to quickly access the content, applications and services that matter most to them.

“Investing and expanding the wireless network in both rural and urban areas across Northern KZN is a priority for us in 2010,” said Carel Boshoff, Managing Director of O-TEL Northern KZN. “Today’s announcement is one of many investments that we are making across the province to deliver dependable wireless access in Northern KZN.”

These wireless sites expand wireless coverage in the entire Newcastle area, including Madadeni and Osizweni.

New wireless sites are also planned for the following areas:

•    Dannhauser
•    Dundee/Glencoe
•    Ladysmith
•    Utrecht
•    Vryheid

The O-TEL Wi-Fi network opens the door to a new era of digital telephony services, devices and feature-rich content. With Wi-Fi speeds, you can surf the Web, download files faster than ever, and enjoy the very latest interactive digital telephony applications.

O-TEL CEO Mohammad Patel said, “O-TEL’s announcement to add communications towers that will provide enhanced services and better coverage across Northern KZN is a true sign of their commitment to help shape the communications framework to better serve our local communities and local economies. This is exactly the type of continuous technological investments we need in our province to thrive and remain competitive.”

O-TEL’s Wi-Fi mobile broadband network is based on the worldwide trusted Mikrotik family of products that includes Routerboards, the most open and widely used wireless network platforms in the world. O-TEL offers Wi-Fi coverage in more than 5 provinces, as well as voice calling in almost the whole of South Africa.

O-TEL offers unsurpassed choice in the range of devices, services and applications compatible with its Wi-Fi network. O-TEL offers a wide variety of digital telephony devices from more than a dozen manufacturers, including Gateways that are compatible with almost all Analogue PBXs. O-TEL’s Wireless CPE offers more than just connectivity. Customers will be able enjoy direct digital connection to O-Tel’s voice network and also direct connection to newly laid SEACOM internet cable.

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About O-Tel Telecom

O-Tel is South Africa’s fastest growing Digital Communications company, providing business with solutions to all their communications needs, including

. O-Tel Voice services,
. O-Tel high-speed Internet,
. O-Tel Push-to-Talk,
. O-Tel Hosted IP-PBX and
. O-Tel Virtual Leased Lines.

O-Tel is proud to be a Licensed National Telecom Service Provider in South Africa.

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