Telkom is claiming to be the first operator in South Africa to launch uncapped high-speed wireless broadband based on LTE. To be launched on 10 June as part of a promotional offer, packages will be capped at 150 users per base station to ensure a good quality connection is maintained.
The first phase of Telkom’s SmartBroadband Uncapped High Speed Wireless plan will be available only in selected areas in Gauteng to start, the company said in a statement. An online sale will take place on 10 June to offer the uncapped packages to customers on a 24-month contract at prices starting at R599, it said.
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As part of the promotional offer, customers will also receive an antenna and installation by Telkom technicians for no extra cost. They will have to commit to a 24-month contract.
“The uncapped high-speed package means that customers can access the web at high speeds with peace of mind that their bill will not increase regardless of their usage,” said Telkom Mobile and Consumer MD Attila Vitai.
The online sale will initially be focused on selected base stations in Gauteng from 10 June to 10 July and will be rolled out to additional locations in the following months, the company said.
The online sale portal will be live and available on the Telkom website from 10 June and will include a dashboard and coverage map with the selected LTE areas that are eligible for the sale. On the coverage map, physical addresses can be entered to determine whether or not a customer is eligible to participate in the sale and claim one of the 150 spots available per base station.
The introductory offer will start at R599 for the first 50 customers, R699 for the second 50 and R799 for the final 50 available packages at each base station.
Telkom’s service includes uncapped data for all traffic types. “Normal fair usage policies will be applied,” Telkom said.
Customers who participate in the online sale after the 150 spots have already been taken will be added to a waiting list. “Existing Telkom customers in the selected areas will have the opportunity to transition to the new packages depending on availability at each base station.”
Telkom has selected areas where it has excess LTE capacity available. “Customers outside of the initial select areas can still take advantage of Telkom’s other high-speed broadband packages and have the opportunity to transition to the offer should it become available in their location at a later stage.”
Users can expect theoretical download speeds of up to 90Mbit/s down and up to 25Mbit/s up. — © 2015 NewsCentral Media