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SPTC's Fixed Wireless delayed

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MBABANE — The public will have to wait a while longer before they can purchase Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications (SPTC) newest product, Fixed Wireless.

The product was launched in January and although a majority of the public had hoped that it would be on sale soon, the communications company Acting Managing Director Amon Dlamini said this could happen towards the end of March.
In recent promotional public events it had been stated that the product could be available for sale anytime this month.

The Fixed Wireless project falls under the SPTC’s new business unit called One which has fixed data and the fixed mobile project which was halted by government last September.  
Dlamini said some tests were still being conducted and were also looking at the financial implications of this project.
“We are at the final stages but some documents are yet to be signed with the relevant stakeholders and final tests are still being conducted,” he said.

Dlamini said he hoped by the end of March all would be in place and the product would be available.  
It had been stated that for the handsets, one has to buy a SIM card, the handset (the cheapest is around E300) and airtime (denominations from E5 to E150).
The corporation invested approximately E500 million in the project.

According to information gathered at the launch the fixed wireless are fixed wireless services that do not require cables; one has to buy a handset as it works as a modem, which enables one to also access the Internet.
SPTC said it divided the country into 12 zones and each client has a maximum of three (3) free zones.

However, there are two (2) default zones which are Mbabane and Manzini, with the former zones covering range from Ngwenya to Lusushwana River (Lobamba) and the Manzini one covers from Lusushwana to Lugaganeni where one can receive and make calls with the handset.

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