Local open-access infrastructure provider Frogfoot Networks has announced a pilot for a new WiFi-only fibre solution called Frogfoot air.
This new offering is aimed to be an affordable connectivity solution that ISPs can offer in communities that struggle with conventional internet access.
“The launch of this pilot in select areas already covered by our fibre network will see ISPs being able to offer their users more affordable internet access through the newly introduced 20/2Mbps and 10/1Mbps products,” explains Shane Chorley, head of Sales and Marketing at Frogfoot.
“We believe that this product can increase fibre penetration in our coverage areas as it addresses a price-sensitive market that is currently not being serviced. In total, nearly 40 000 homes fall within the network coverage area that is eligible for Frogfoot air. Depending on the success of the pilot, we will look to roll this out across our fibre network,” he adds.
For the pilot phase, Frogfoot air is being made available in 12 suburbs across the country. These suburbs are:
- Eastern Cape – Despatch, King William’s Town, Uitenhage.
- Gauteng – Waverly.
- Limpopo – Polokwane, Tzaneen.
- Southern Cape – Oudtshoorn.
- Western Cape – Franschhoek, Idas Valley, Swellendam.
- Kwa-Zulu Natal – Scottsville.
While the pricing for the aforementioned line speed options have not been detailed at this stage, owing to it being dependant on ISPs, Frogfoot has said it is looking to reduce costs of installation and access via a WiFi-enabled subscriber gateway.
“Traditionally, the equipment provided by Frogfoot and the ISP has been separate, but the fibre operator is now combining this into a single device enabling faster installation times,” it says.
“This new offering allows users to have a quality fibre-based internet connection that provides them with a better, more cost-effective experience than mobile offerings that tend to be less stable, and feature reduced throughput during peak usage times,” it concludes.
To find out more about Frogfoot air, head here.