Web Africa goes uncapped PDF Print E-mail

The days of “reaching your limit” of bandwidth are over, claims the Internet service provider.

A local Internet service provider (ISP) claims it has the answer to the struggle against poor Internet service delivery, and has initiated a spoof political campaign to endorse its uncapped offering, unveiled yesterday.

Web Africa says it aims to reach further than the “techies” with its “WA party” campaign, touching base with the home consumer “who isn`t as clued up”.

“South Africans deserve better Internet connectivity and all the benefits that come with it” is the message Web Africa is propagating via its campaign persona, Wandile Wanasha Williams, for its latest product release, Web Africa Uncapped.

Web Africa has unveiled a spoof political party, which is positioning itself as the organisation that will “make things happen online and provide uncapped Internet to Web Africans from Boksburg to Bafokeng, from Benoni to Bishopscourt.

“The WA party is canvassing South Africans nationwide to become fulltime supporters of the WA and to cross over to WA Uncapped with its Home Uncapped service, democratically priced.”

Web Africa's uncapped offering starts from R179 per month, for 384Kbps, with no term contract required, and goes up to R1 699 for the 10Mbps uncapped service. The offer is aimed primarily at residential broadband users.

The ISP says its uncapped Internet offering means unlimited Internet at a reasonable fixed price, without any contractual obligation.

Defining uncapped

According to the WA`s “ISPs for Dummies Guide”, “Uncapped Internet has no overall bandwidth limits, which means users can download and browse as much as required within a month at a fixed monthly cost.” Web Africa says the days of “reaching your limit” are over.

Web Africa notes, however, that in accordance with its fair use policy, it may limit the service offered to very heavy users for a period of time. This, says the company, is to ensure the “many are not paying for the privileges of the few.

“In the interests of transparency, you can log in to your user console at any time to see if your access is close to being cut back.”

Comparative deals

Nashua Mobile recently unveiled its “uncapped, unshaped” offer, which starts with a basic 384Kbps offering, at R219 for data only, or R369 including line rental. A 1 024Kbps line is available for R499 for data only or R779 all-inclusive, while the 4 096Kbps service is going for R549 or R949. Nashua Mobile`s fair use policy uses an adaptive rolling 10-day policy, as opposed to a monthly limit.

Last month, Telkom Business introduced its new uncapped ADSL packages for business customers, called Tbiz Uncapped. The all-in-one prices start from R595 for 384Kbps and go up to R4 224 for a 10Mbps uncapped service.

MWeb`s “Bigtime Surfer Uncapped ADSL” for video calling and small offices is available from R219 to R2 359 per month, while its “Internet Addict Uncapped, Unshaped” offer, aimed at gamers and heavy downloaders, ranges from R499 to R2 359 per month.

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