MWEB launches uncapped hosting

2011-03-17 14:23

Cape Town - Internet service provider MWEB has launched an uncapped hosting service for small business.

The service allows small businesses to put their businesses on the web at a low, fixed cost.

"There was a gap in the market for it and it's a good compliment to our uncapped ADSL product," Carolyn Holgate, general manager of MWEB Connect told News24.

Relatively few of South Africa's small businesses are prepared to create a web presence for themselves because of the cost associated with the Telkom infrastructure, but MWEB believes that this product will drive more firms online.

"It's part of our growth strategy for the internet, without restrictions. There are a lot of budget offers out there, but the more you use, you have to pay," said Holgate.


"MWEB provisions the website, registers it for its customers and renews their domain on an annual basis; ensuring that customers have a domain for life and alleviating all the admin intensive tasks that are required when getting a website online," the company said in a statement.

There are still roadblocks in making the internet in SA universal, though.

"Telkom does need to make improvements and come to the party," said Holgate.

Despite the cost of fixed-line internet access decreasing, many consumers are still unable to access the web because the line infrastructure is either unavailable or unaffordable.

The result is that SA has seen exponential growth in mobile internet access.

"Businesses could save a lot of money with fixed-line internet. Wireless data is a lot more expensive than fixed-line data, but there is space for both in the market," said Holgate.

Fair use

She defended MWEB's fair use policy with the service.

"We do have an acceptable use policy - a lot of companies are on the shared hosting service. But it's not stringent. If one abuses the service the others suffer, but our policy is no different to any such policy in the market," she said.

The service costs R19 a month and includes a domain name.

"We want more people on the internet," she added.

News24 is part of, a subsidiary of Media24, which is in the Naspers stable. MWEB is a subsidiary of Naspers.

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  • Mpfana - 2011-03-17 15:00

    yet more nepotism from the naspers stable...

      Radrodent - 2011-03-17 15:12

      HUH? What are you talking about? Do you even understand the article?

      upsetter - 2011-03-17 15:25

      He's talking sense. This is just free advertising for another Naspers company disguised as a news article. There's other hosting providers doing the same, this is nothing new. Anyway, if their "fair use policy" on this is the same as on their uncapped accounts, then you might as well go and roast a leg of lamb while you wait for your website to load

      Viparo - 2011-03-17 15:28

      Did you read the article?

      upsetter - 2011-03-17 15:44

      yes, did you? - 2011-03-17 17:56

      Upsetter please share who else in SA is doing this? what cost? is it free for their customers? is it local hosting, please let me know

  • Mark Webb - 2011-03-17 15:16

    I've just through the process of setting up shared hosting service. The best offers are not in South Africa - very good & cheap options in the States. MWeb is actually ripping you off !

      Atoombom - 2011-03-17 15:20

      True, you can actually get FREE hosting overseas

      neil.maritz - 2011-03-18 06:36

      Can you send me info on co in the states please

  • ratex - 2011-03-17 15:45

    Funny story, but you will apreciate it. I am an online gamer, most BFBC 2. Last night my mate in Colarado is bitching about is Upload and Download speeds. So i ask him well what are the speeds. He reckons well they have slowed, but D/L is only 17,8 mbps and U/L is about 2,2 mbps. I was like really, wish we had those speeds.

  • nic - 2011-03-17 15:51

    oh please. read the small print. They limit you to a 50Mb MySQL database. I know people with bigger phone books.

  • Bosluis - 2011-03-17 21:57

    I am not a businessman but I have been with this socalled uncapped thing. It was one nightmare from the beginning to the end. The moment you start using to fast, they slow your internet speed down untill such time that you do not have internet and then they blame it on Telkom. Think twice.

  • Paul Davids - 2011-03-18 08:21

    Yes, MWEB is RIP off,,,,,the 5 gig is like R189.00 per month, but they charge 20c per meg after the 5 gig is used, and they dont even tell you when the call centre agent calls you,,,,,MWEB are sharks,,,,shrewd,,,,,,

  • Look - 2011-03-24 11:27

    pcow Are you looking for an opportunity? I think you want to start a small business. Now it's time for start. Go on: I've found that provides really good hosting features for under $5 per month. I was able to get my sited up and running in just a few days!

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