|Telkom to up ADSL speed|
Monday, 04 June 2012 11:30
In what Telkom says will enable the running of multiple bandwidth-hungry applications at faster speeds, the fixed-line incumbent has announced an imminent speed upgrade to its ADSL offerings.
Telkom said on Friday that its "Up to 384kbps" customers would be upgraded to "Up to 1 024kbps", while those with its "Up to 1 024kbps" ADSL will be upgraded to "Up to 2 048kbps" speeds.
According to the company, the upgrade, which will be instituted progressively from August to September, will enable Telkom Internet to effectively increase the value to entry-level broadband customers.
Telkom says: "The Internet service provider (ISP) is now positioned to meet the ever-increasing demand for greater data capacity and speed. New-generation consumer content and business applications will now be possible from Telkom Internet in a more cost-effective manner."
Manelisa Mavuso, MD of consumer services and retail, says Telkom aims to accelerate the evolution of broadband offerings in SA. "We are now in a position to create new products and services that will allow customers to run multiple bandwidth-hungry applications simultaneously and at faster speeds."
Telkom says the benefits of the speed upgrades will be equally relevant to residential and business customers of its ADSL offerings.
Dr Brian Armstrong, MD of Telkom Business, says: "The sophisticated products and services that can be delivered over enhanced Internet access speeds will enable businesses to gain a significant competitive-edge.
"Small to medium businesses specifically will now be able to access a wider range of business utilities to boost their productivity."
This announcement follows the launch last month of the high-capacity West African Cable System (Wacs), which links southern Africa and Europe, which – by way of Telkom's investment in it – will enable the company to complete its second ring of capacity around the African continent.
Casper Kondo Chihaka, Telkom's managing executive of wholesale services, said at the time that Wacs would "deliver connectivity to the continent like never before".
Chihaka said that, while capacity and speed were important, "depth of experience and the ability to innovate and utilise all the capabilities in the network to extract value is crucial".
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