Openserve re­duces its IPC ac­cess from Au­gust 1 by 25%

The Star Early Edition - - BUSINESS NEWS - Them­be­lihle Mkhonza

OPENSERVE, the whole­sale di­vi­sion of Telkom, has taken a step in its ef­forts to re­duce the cost of com­mu­ni­ca­tion in South Africa with fur­ther planned price re­duc­tions to its IP Con­nect (IPC) and speed as well as price changes to its Openserve Fi­bre Broadband (OFB) ac­cess portfolio.

Openserve chief ex­ec­u­tive, Alphonzo Sa­muels, said: “The new pric­ing will be ef­fec­tive from Au­gust 1. When pric­ing is ad­justed down, the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s whole­sale clients that pur­chase IPC ca­pac­ity will pay 25 per­cent less than they do to­day.”

“We are con­tracted to pro­vide net­work in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices which in­clude ful­fil­ment, pro­vi­sion­ing, main­te­nance and as­sur­ance ser­vices to whole­sale clients and their cus­tomers,”

Sa­muels said Openserve had made strate­gic in­vest­ments in the net­work to al­low them to drive ef­fi­cien­cies and pass those cost ben­e­fits on to their clients and their end cus­tomers. This would stim­u­late greater

‘Openserve has been work­ing to im­prove the coun­try’s broadband eco-sys­tem.’

com­pe­ti­tion in the In­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy sec­tor, while con­tribut­ing to an over­all lower cost to com­mu­ni­cate.

This lat­est cut on the cost of IPC fol­lows the re­duc­tions an­nounced in May this year that aimed to pro­vide af­ford­able fixed broadband to more South Africans. Changes on the fi­bre broadband ac­cess front en­tail both speed in­creases and price re­duc­tions that will be ef­fected across the OFB portfolio of whole­sale of­fer­ings.

“Our 2Mbps and 8Mbps of­fer­ings will be up­graded to 4Mbps and 10Mbps, re­spec­tively. These mi­gra­tions will oc­cur free of charge. In ad­di­tion to the up­grades, the whole­sale pric­ing across en­tire OFB portfolio will de­crease by an av­er­age of 9 per­cent across the portfolio”.

“We will work closely with the re­sellers of our broadband prod­ucts to en­sure the ben­e­fits of these price re­duc­tions fil­ter through to the end user with ei­ther price re­duc­tions or en­hanced ser­vices,” said Sa­muels. In June last year, the com­pany had also re­duced en­try-level pric­ing for its IPC by up to 57 per­cent.

It said this was aimed at en­cour­ag­ing fur­ther com­pe­ti­tion in the broadband mar­ket.

Openserve plans, en­gi­neers, op­er­ates and main­tains Telkom’s core and ac­cess net­work. The com­pany of­fers a di­verse range of prod­ucts and ser­vices across the con­nec­tiv­ity value chain. It is the only largescale provider that de­liv­ers large-scale in­te­grated cop­per and fi­bre-based of­fer­ings over a high-speed back­haul net­work.

“Openserve has been work­ing to im­prove the coun­try’s broadband eco-sys­tem, with the ob­jec­tive of con­tin­u­ously reach­ing more South African’s in more places with our broadband ac­cess,” said Sa­muels.

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