Telkom’s wholesale division, Openserve, has introduced a speedier fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband plan offering 200Mbit/s download speeds to consumers. Previously, the company’s fastest FTTH connection offered 100Mbit/s on the downlink and 50Mbit/s on the uplink.
The new plan, which offers 200Mbit/s download speeds and 100Mbit/s uploads, is already being offered by some Internet service providers.
“Openserve can confirm that we have introduced a 200Mbit/s option in the fibre speed offerings,” the company said in e-mailed response to a query from TechCentral.
“This move was informed by the growing demand for higher speeds on Openserve fibre broadband,” it said.
“Openserve believes that this service will be popular with gamers, larger families and users who have adopted cloud storage solutions that require higher upload speeds.”
It added that the 200Mbit/s offering can be used by Internet service providers to deliver broadband services to business customers.
Openserve rival Vumatel last August also introduced a 200Mbit/s product in both symmetrical and asymmetrical versions offering either 200Mbit/s down and 200Mbit/s up or 200Mbit/s down and 20Mbit/s up.
At the time, Vumatel CEO Niel Schoeman said the 200Mbit/s plans were in response to growing demand for higher speeds.
Several ISPs are already offering the speedier Openserve connection.
Webafrica, for example, offers it on a capped, 300GB/month plan for R1 319/month.
Cool Ideas offers it on an uncapped plan for R2 409/month, compared to R1 919 for the 100Mbit/s Openserve uncapped fibre option.
By way of comparison, uncapped symmetrical 200Mbit/s broadband from Cool Ideas on Vumatel costs R1 519/month. — (c) 2018 NewsCentral Media