HeroTel is expanding its footprint into Mpumalanga and Limpopo by acquiring Xpress Network SolutionsWireless, for an undisclosed sum.
The Xpress group manages its wireless IP network and provides wireless broadband services to customers across Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the Northwest.
“The Xpress group brings with it in excess of 200 IP radio towers covering areas from Rustenburg to Thabazimbi; northwards to Musina and all the way to Phalaborwa and the Mozambique border in the east,” HeroTel chairman Alan Knott-Craig Jnr told ITWeb exclusively.
He says across these areas, Xpress has a large untapped market wherein it already serves over 4 000 clients with broadband Internet in areas where little or no other alternatives exist.
Xpress is the ninth wireless Internet service provider (WISP) HeroTel has purchased, and HeroTel COO Helmut Nel says Xpress is already a consolidation of four WISPs, with another handful of smaller resellers and WISPs in more towns.
“Xpress covers a very large area where HeroTel currently has no footprint. This fits very well with our geographic strategy as well as the fact that they fit our business model of last-mile provider,” Nel told ITWeb.
With the addition of Xpress, HeroTel now has coverage in northern Gauteng, North West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.
“We are humbled and excited to have partnered with Xpress. Their professionalism and footprint will be a huge help as we scale HeroTel across the country,” Knott-Craig adds.