Since we posted that Ecoweb started selling 4G mobile WiMax last week, we’ve been trying to get some solid information on the network coverage of the new technology. We requested a coverage map but the response we got what was something to the effect of “tell us a location and we’ll tell you if it’s covered or not”. A polite ‘No’.
You can therefore imagine our pleasure when we came across an interesting slide in the financial results Econet posted on SlideShare. Econet sneaked in the mobile WiMax coverage map. Ecoweb is an Econet subsidiary.
We say “sneaked in” because, like one inquisitive reader commented last week, Econet has curiously chosen to sell this new 4G offering quietly. Well, quiet in comparison to the hype that followed the 3G launch last year.
Anyway here’s the map:
Quite clearly all the cities and major towns are covered, popular tourist destinations too. On the same slide Econet refers to mobile WiMax as a “complementary service to 3g”. This really is great progress by Econet. If only they could make those WiMax prices less intimidating.
If you’re in any of these locations and have the extra cash to spend on an experimental adventure, please go ahead and buy yourself what is potentially the fastest mobile internet access in Zimbabwe. If you already bought it, please let us know your experiences in the comments below.
We will try to get our hands on a unit this week and take it for a spin.