Telkom overhauls free Wi-Fi offering


Telkom is overhauling its free Wi-Fi offering in an effort to make access to the Internet and time online easier for non-Telkom customers at the operator’s 6 000 hotspots nationwide.

From 22 June, customers will be able to connect to Telkom Wi-Fi by registering once in two steps. Once registered, users can login to their accounts with their user name and password and connect with one click, Telkom said.

Telkom launched its 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi access to non-Telkom customers from an initial 400 hot-spots in August 2013. Users were required to connect to its free Wi-Fi access by utilising a solution that involved sending an SMS to acquire a unique Pin each time connection was required.

Non-Telkom customers will now be able to purchase additional Wi-Fi bundles, for same-day usage, in denominations of 30 or 60 minutes at R15 and R25 respectively. “The purchases can be made once the 30 free minutes have expired using a credit card,” the operator said.

“Although physical vouchers are still available at Telkom stores, the introduction of Wi-Fi bundle purchases by card means bundles can be bought online through the Wi-Fi portal without leaving the hotspot making the transaction as seamless as possible,” it said.

Telkom is also introducing a clock that shows the time left in the Internet session.

Username and password authentication for Telkom contract and prepaid customers is scheduled to be launched towards the end of August.

Source: Techcentral 19 June 2015