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Telkom Cuts Uncapped Data Prices

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Luis Monzon
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In response to the increased demand for home connectivity during the COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa, Telkom has reduced prices and removed caps on its copper-based DSL broadband portfolio to new customers.

Telkom’s new promotional prices start from R199 ($10.72) for an initial 6-month period for a 4 Mbps line, with the company hoping to enable access for those who currently do not have fixed broadband. This pricing of the uncapped data is part of Telkom’s COVID-19 relief efforts to enable access to education, work, and entertainment platforms.

“Telkom already has copper access technology which can provide cost-effective home connectivity. During the lockdown we decided to use all the infrastructure available to us to provide good,  affordable quality broadband,” says Steven White, Executive of Product Development & Management at Telkom

“We will also be reducing the price of our existing Unlimited Home bundles that include a voice calling plan as well as mobile data. This product will be offered to new and existing customers who will receive the further benefit of higher speeds,” he continues.

Telkom will be mapping existing customers on capped DSL services to Unlimited Home services to offer them better value; ensuring that “loyal customers are not left behind.”

Telkom’s new DSL promo prices are as follows:

  • 4 Mbps UnlimitedHome Lite: R199p/m for the first 6 months thereafter R329p/m
  • 10 Mbps UnlimitedHome Lite: R299p/m for the first 6 months thereafter R599p/m
  • 20 Mbps UnlimitedHome Lite: R399 p/m for the first 6 months thereafter R699p/m
  • 40 Mbps UnlimitedHome Lite: R499p/m for the first 6 months thereafter R899p/m

No Timeline Yet for Pandemic

Although assuredly welcome news for many, there is still no evidence suggesting just how long the worldwide pandemic will effectively last.

Many experts have said that the far-reaching implications of the first few months of 2020 will need a concerted global effort to overcome, and there is no guarantee the virus will not return. Six months into the future might not be enough to aid people when the pandemic could feasibly last until late next year.

The looming worldwide recession will no doubt last even longer.

Edited by Luis Monzon

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