SA’S RUMBA OFFERS ISDN AT R49 A MONTH AND SETS AMBITIOUS SALES TARGETS

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Rumba, a soon to be launched Internet service provider (ISP) in South Africa, says it will undercut the other ISPs in the market by offering Internet dial-up and ISDN connections along with e-mail for R49 a month. Marketing manager Charles Odendaal says Rumba will begin offering the service to users on 1 May."We hope to have signed up 50 000 users by the end of the year."

"We are offering dial-up or ISDN Internet access, unlimited e-mail addresses with ten megabytes per e-mail address, virus scanning on e-mail, Web mail and POP 3 e-mail for R49 a month. In addition, we will be hosting websites for companies and private users for R150 per month for 100 megabytes of disk space, with a domain registration cost of R300," he says.

Rumba has denied that it is owned by Telkom after questions were raised by the market about the ownership of Rumba’s domain name. Andrew Cripps, MD of Web design company Inloco, noted last week that Rumba’s domain name was owned by Issachar Informatix Limited, which in turn owns Yournet - the ISP from which Rumba gets its connectivity. A domain name search of Yournet revealed that Telkom owned the Yournet domain name, raising questions about whether Yournet was owned by Telkom. Rumba marketing manager Charles Odendaal says that Rumba is a close corporation registered under the name Lyan Enterprises and is not owned by Telkom. Pieter Coetzee, MD of Yournet, says Rumba is able to offer ISDN lines at R49 a month because of an agreement that Yournet signed with Telkom two years ago.

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