Cell C on Monday released details of its first commercial fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) offerings, and the pricing suggests the telecommunications operator intends being an aggressive player in the nascent but fast-growing market for home fibre broadband.
The company said that so far it has partnered with open-access fibre provider Vumatel to bring uncapped fibre offerings to customers in areas where Vumatel has coverage. It is also in discussions with other fibre providers to provide an “end-to-end service” to customers in other areas, it said.
C-Fibre, as Cell C is calling its FTTH broadband products, will be available in three flavours to start, all offering unlimited, unrestricted symmetrical data, meaning the same download and uploads speeds.
Cell C said the offerings are completely uncapped and unshaped, but “in order to regulate the abuse of C-Fibre, Cell C reserves the right, at any time, to implement a fair-usage policy”.
The first product is called C-Fibre 20Mbps, which offers a 20Mbit/s connection for R899/month.
The second is C-Fibre 50Mbps, which, as the name suggests, offering 50Mbit/s. This product costs R1 149 per month.
The final product is C-Fibre 100Mbps, offering 100Mbit/s, for R1 499/month.
All offerings include free installation valued at R1 710, free connection worth R999 and a free Wi-Fi router with LTE fail-over worth R1 799, subject to terms and conditions, Cell C said.
Should a customer decide to cancel C-Fibre less than 12 months after initial activation, they will be liable for the costs incurred by Cell C in order to provide the service. This includes the installation fee, the connection fee and the cost of the Wi-Fi router.
An estimate of these costs can be provided upon application for C-Fibre, Cell C said.
“C-Fibre forms part of Cell C’s focused broadband strategy and commitment to bring the best-value fixed and mobile broadband services to the market,” the operator said in a statement. — © 2016 NewsCentral Media