HOW DO TELKOM SOUTH AFRICA’S WIMAX OFFERINGS COMPARE ON PRICE?
Telkom announced that they will launch their commercial WiMax offering last week week, and that the prices will fall in line with their current ADSL offerings. Telkom’s will use WiMax mainly as an ADSL replacement technology which will offer consumers a 512 Kbps broadband service using WiMax as a wireless access method.
‘Stand alone access’ is priced at R 240 per month, while the all-inclusive price for a 1 GB service is R 319. The 2 GB offering costs R 389 while the 3 GB service retails for R 479. These prices are more or less in line with other broadband offerings in the market, but they lag behind on ‘speed versus price’ when compared to HSDPA, iBurst and MyWireless.
Meanwhile, other South African telcos are preparing their own WiMAX services. Cellular operator Vodacom, in which Telkom owns a 50% stake, is planning to go head-to-head with its parent company by launching a 2.6GHz WiMAX system in partnership with wireless ISP iBurst.
The second national operator Neotel is also planning a WiMAX launch for the end of this year, while local ISP MWeb recently began WiMAX trials with 1,000 users in Gauteng and Cape Town.