HeroTel acquires BreedeNet, now connects more than 70 000 customers to the Internet

Hero Telecoms (HeroTel) is proud to announce the acquisition of BreedeNet, a Worcester based Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) supplying high-speed Internet, VoIP and web hosting to homes and businesses across the Western Cape, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and the Free State.

BreedeNet was founded in 2005 by Dolf Lombard who saw the opportunity to bring affordable, high-speed Internet to the most remote places. Starting in the Breede River Valley they expanded aggressively. Dolf built a strong team, including Coert Smit in Network Operations and Dudley Davids in Administration and Legal. Today they manage over 10 000 customers with a staff complement of 60 people, covering a huge area from Paternoster in the west, to King William’s Town in the east and as far inland as the remote Northern Cape.

“The BreedeNet deal is a very large piece of the puzzle for us. We are excited that HeroTel now has customers in every province of South Africa”, commented HeroTel Chairman Alan Knott-Craig, in an exclusive interview with ITWeb. “Dolf and his team have built an excellent business. BreedeNet will not only take us into many new areas, but it will allow us to consolidate our presence in a number of towns in which we already have an office. Our teams are looking forward to sharing their skills and working together in these locations. Even more exciting times are ahead.”

HeroTel Chief Operating Officer, Helmut Nel, commented: “The BreedeNet team buys into our vision of connecting all South Africans to affordable, high-quality internet. The increased coverage is also great news for our corporate clients, who in most cases can now get all of their branches covered through a single provider, as opposed to dealing with separate WISPs in every town.”

Coert Smit, who will continue as the General Manager of BreedeNet, says “We are excited to be joining a company that shares the same values and goals as us. HeroTel will provide us with the necessary capital and skills, as we seek to aggressively grow our business together. We also believe that the scale that HeroTel brings will allow us to better position ourselves against the larger Telco’s in our market.”

BreedeNet is the 33rd acquisition that the group has completed to date and in line with its’ strategy, there are no planned changes to management or staff at the company.

HeroTel now has over 70 000 customers, making it South Africa’s largest fixed wireless Internet service provider and one of the fastest growing national fibre players.

HeroTel expands into the Free State with the acquisition of Ntelecom in Bloemfontein

Hero Telecoms (HeroTel) is proud to announce the acquisition of Ntelecom, a Bloemfontein based VoIP and Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP), for an undisclosed amount. Ntelecom provides reliable, high-speed internet connections via both wireless and fibre. They cover a large part of the Free State, including Bloemfontein, Phillipolis, Ficksburg and as far west as Koffiefontein, with plans to expand to Welkom and Kimberley during 2019.

Jaco and Bernie Van der Walt (no relation) founded the business in 2008 after attempting to source a new telephone system for their computer wholesale business. The process introduced them to the world of VOIP. From there the business expanded into building and selling last mile wireless networks, growing quickly to 32 staff members, servicing both home and business clients across the province.

“We are very excited to expand our business into the Free State”, commented HeroTel Chairman Alan Knott-Craig, in an exclusive interview with ITWeb. “We have been looking for a while for the right partner in this part of the world. Jaco and his team at Ntelecom share our vision of a future where everyone is connected. There is a tremendous amount of work to do in addressing the historic underspend by the Telco industry in the Free State. We believe that we have found partners with the drive and energy to tackle this task. We look forward to seeing the difference that they can make  with fresh capital and additional skills behind them.”

HeroTel Chief Financial Officer, Francois Wessels, commented: “We are very pleased to have concluded our deal with Ntelecom. Their team is smart, energetic and keen to grow their operations into new areas. It is an excellent base for HeroTel to expand into Bloem and the rest of the Free State. Together we can open exciting new markets with fibre and wireless deployments, bringing fast and affordable internet to the cities and rural communities there.”

Ntelecom was built on the principles of self-discipline and consistency; values which we share with HeroTel”, says Ntelecom General Manager, Rudi Van Der Walt. “We have always wanted to expand beyond our current base, but it was a constant choice between continuous investment into our existing network or new frontiers. With HeroTel we now have the backing to be able to do both.”

Ntelecom is the 32nd acquisition that the group has completed and in line with its strategy to date, there are no planned changes to management or staff at the company.

The HeroTel Alliance now has expanded coverage via its WISPs in Gauteng, the North West, Free State, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and surrounds, making it South Africa’s largest wireless Internet service provider and one of the fastest growing fibre players in the country.