8.ta launches 10GB data package

2011-06-23 13:02

Cape Town - Telkom-owned mobile provider 8.ta has taken the fight to its rivals with a data package.

Telkom Mobile has launched a data offer of 10GB per month at R199.

"The new post-paid Internet 5 Promotion offers subscribers a 10GB data bundle at R199 per month with the option of an additional 10GB Midnight Surfer data bundle at R100 per month for use between 00:00 and 05:00," 8.ta said.

The company hopes to use the package to sign up more subscribers over a limited period.

"This is a limited offer; it's not going to last forever. This is to showcase our network and it's also to get customers to experience the quality network that we have built," Amith Maharaj, managing executive of Telkom Mobile told News24.


He said that the network's speed was second to Vodacom, but that it had recently been upgraded and users should see increases in the throughput.

Despite being under pressure to perform, Maharaj is happy with new subscriptions for the provider.

"Look, we're very pleased with our post-paid and subscriber numbers in terms of uptake. We recently launched BlackBerry; there's been reasonably good uptake with that offer."

The provider is under some pressure to deliver earnings results as owner Telkom has come under pressure, but Maharaj takes a longer term view of the business.

"Entering into the mobile space is not a short term view, but I think it helps position Telkom," he said.

The offer should be good news to users who use their cellphones to call Telkom landlines as the company discounts these calls' rates because they are a wholly owned subsidiary.

The 8.ta package will be available from June 26 and though it's limited in nature, Maharaj won't say for how long.

"I'm holding mum on when this thing is going to stop."

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  • Ulrich - 2011-06-23 13:11

    @ what speed? Sounds like a good deal!

      BrokenLink - 2011-06-23 14:09

      21mbps max i think. mobile dont limit the speed, depends on the local towers speed and ur modem. So if u get a 21mbps at R699 and ur tower supports it that the speed you get. Although realistically you should get around 8mbps.

  • Razor - 2011-06-23 13:20

    this is f.. fantastic finally vodacom and mtn has proper competition

  • Lekker Jan - 2011-06-23 13:35

    Lol! Living in Hong Kong and reading this is almost surreal. Its like something from the previous century. I have 100mbit unlimited data and a couple of tv channels for R200/month. My iPhone has an unlimited data plan @ R250/month.

      Thabs - 2011-06-23 13:58

      show off! we still live in the stone age here jan... *sad face*

      GMan - 2011-06-23 14:09

      And it should be some time before SA gets there... >_<

      Bart - 2011-06-23 14:20

      Yeah exactly. 100Mg line in UK costs around 40 pounds.

      Dave - 2011-06-23 14:25

      Hong Kong is not your average situation though. They have the highest population density in the world. Most buildings are actually fed by normal ethernet cabling that connects to the fiber connection just down the road. This is not feasible anywhere else in the world. Unlimited broadband on a cellphone is actually dying out. In the US AT&T as well as Verizon have gotten rid of their unlimited offerings as the networks can't handle it. Its awesome in Hong Kong, just not a solution for anywhere else barring parts of Beijing and/or Shanghai.

      Anton - 2011-06-23 14:25

      Ja, but dagga is cheaper here, so we light up and wait for the page to download - winning

      Sam - 2011-06-23 14:38

      Koom nou Jan, at least we are improving a little. Even Voda is giving a 2g + 2g for R149.00 this is for the 1st time in Mzansi we can actual get about two gig for less than R200 thats something

      piksteel - 2011-06-23 14:41

      i'd rather have slow and expensive internet and be able to braai every day in my huge back yard in the beautiful nothern suburbs of cape town with a view of table mountain and the beach 20mins away

      LordVaider - 2011-06-23 14:49

      Does not make sense, a 1gbs line in hong kong on a symmetric sevice costs about 112 pounds in 2005.

      ayubmy - 2011-06-23 16:16

      Same with my neice... each time she comes over on holiday, she swears at our internet speeds and charges... we are being ripped off.

      Lekker Jan - 2011-06-24 03:39

      @piksteel, yes to each his own. I am quite happy that my two daughters have much more space to play around with their friends, than my old huge back yard. That is because they can safely play around the whole neighborhood. They do not know about crime, because they have never come across it here.

      alan.rigele - 2011-06-24 05:35

      The reason wy most operators have the unlimited mobile usage was due to the inability to rate on a per packet basis. This has changed a lot recently. Secondly the mobile operators has a multiple means to slow down and restrict your throughput,m namely Qos profiles on the bearer, throttling on the GGSN or packet inspection layer, etc.

      my_story - 2011-06-28 11:05

      @Lekker Jan, yet you're still sentimental enough to come back to SA news sites and comment. come back any time, boet :)

  • ben swart - 2011-06-23 13:41

    Nou pra jy!

  • bevan.toerien - 2011-06-23 14:09

    People let’s be realistic were talking about Telkom ….come on they have equated themselves to being criminals, Yes criminals they sell us products\services that is inflated and high polished forgetting to mention that they cannot deliver on the service end of the deal. Telkom has become a cuss word .So to all you hopefuls throwing your money away. Have a TELKOM aka K@K day. B

      Justin Schon - 2011-06-23 14:21

      Yes bevan, but I think the competition is getting to them and well the price war is great for all. I think we can say Telkom 8ta is slightly better priced than the others. If you wanna pay more for a brand that does the same, thats a perception. No service provider is actually that great.

  • Craig - 2011-06-23 14:15

    Can someone please explain to me how they will control this part of the deal is you must access the 8ta towers to qualify and not the MTN towers thats currently part of the 8ta coverage so how will they monitor if you accessing direct from them or the MTN towers

      Craig - 2011-06-23 15:41

      why would someone give me a thumbs down ???

      shmangle - 2011-06-23 15:44

      I'm sure they have methods in place to differentiate MTN subscribers from 8.ta subscribers. They're ninja that way. The write these things called "programs" in computer-speek to make the computer do nifty things, like figuring out who you are, and who your service provider is, regardless of if they're piggybacking on another network. Powerful things, these newfangled computers.

      Craig - 2011-06-23 15:55

      Shmangle well fine they have programs, but then their product is not fully "mobile" broadband..... Say I live under a full telkom 8ta tower and im using this package NOW I go to work and wanna use my sim there but theres no 8ta tower only the 8ta piggybacking off MTN.....what will happen to my account then ?? Also if this system only works off their 8ta towers how does one locate where these towers are ? Currently I assume my 8ta sim is piggybacking off MTN because in my area there are only 2 towers 1 is VC the other is MTN Does this make my original question much clearer ?

      alan.rigele - 2011-06-24 05:39

      8.ta is only using the MTN and vC network for the bearer. the rating and session control is still managed and controlled within the 8.ta domain. This type of thing is very common and your network profile can be easily used to allow or disallow what you can and cannot do.

  • zulufox - 2011-06-23 14:20

    sounds like a grand deal this. sweetest deal in mzansi currently, i hope that the speeds are decent. i wish one didn't have to sign a 24-month contract though...

      Craig - 2011-06-23 14:23

      Yeah 24months is a bit rough considering they the newest kid on the block but then again they have the infrastructure .....

      zulufox - 2011-06-23 14:28

      I am also worried about their newest 'kid on the block' tag... but thanks to the consumer protection act... if they fumble, we can actually get out of the contract...

  • Fredster69 - 2011-06-23 14:20

    Competition is a good thing...

  • Matt - 2011-06-23 14:21

    @ News24 - 3G or ADSL, and does it come with a modem? Their website doesn't seem to show it yet (maybe waiting for 26/6)

      Craig - 2011-06-23 14:22

      It doesnt come with a modem.....but im sure they could add it to the contract this is 8ta's 3G offerings Matt

  • carl - 2011-06-23 14:30

    There is now way I'm ever gonna go for 8ta. I've been trying to get just a landline since February... And still nothing. If 8ta service is anything like Telkom's I'd happily pay more for another network.

      Craig - 2011-06-23 14:32

      Ive been trying for THREE YEARS !!!!

      Mark - 2011-06-23 15:47

      I applied and when they took too long i cancelled the application after 2 months. 2 weeks later the phone and tell me that they are coming to install my line. Thats how incompetant they are.

      Len - 2011-08-13 16:16

      Look our land-lines are stolen as soon as they put up. So Telkom has given up. But I have 8ta 3G and it is just as fast as ADSL. Very satisfied and can reccommend. The only problem is running a business witout a land line. Thank you Len

  • Sam - 2011-06-23 14:31

    Whats the catch... If it is too good to be true... chances are it ain't true..

      Craig - 2011-06-23 14:47

      I doubt theres "a catch" thing is they have their own infrastructure its the very reason VC/MTN cant lower theirs because they still have to use telkom but in this case its their own equipment Only catch I can see so far is that you have to access 8ta towers only question is "where are their towers"

      Sam - 2011-06-23 15:01

      Thanx Graig, this is the best deal in Mzansi currently, it sound so good that it feel like a trap. (But we know in other countries they have even better deals, but in SA... noop)

      System123 [SysteM] - 2011-06-23 15:51

      @Craig: 8ta have put up over 600 towers, the reason you can't see them is because they are using space on MTN, Vodacom and Telkom towers. Mobile providers all share towers as it is far more effective than building your own. For areas where they don't have towers they are using the MTN network until their infrastructure is setup.

  • thambomz - 2011-06-23 14:34

    Stir up the competition; I like it.

  • Ulrich - 2011-06-23 14:37

    @ 7.2mbps :( :( :( ?????

      Len - 2011-08-13 16:18

      Yes my 8ta 3G runs at 7.2mbps and very satisfied, Len

  • LordVaider - 2011-06-23 14:42

    @Bart, those are lies. 100MB lines you only get by leasing them as those connect directly to the internet with no gateways or service providers.They use fibre optics and mostly corporations lease those lines for their own use on their own network.

  • errolsnr.oake - 2011-06-23 16:44

    Good question what speed 8ta and whats the catch????TELKOM TELL US MORE,,Be like Trevor Noah,,,,

  • stevenj.rsa - 2011-06-23 23:22

    Stick to ADSL . . . 4096 line with bandwidth through AXXESS and 300Gig / month . . . . R 496 excl line rental

      stevenj.rsa - 2011-06-23 23:23

      that would be an 'uncapped' line

  • stevenj.rsa - 2011-06-23 23:28

    This offer is to counter the 2 Gig / month offers by Cell C (@ R 149) . . . only MAJOR difference is that the contract with Cell C is only for 12 months . . . with the advance of technology, 24 month is borderline criminal!

  • Adventeroux - 2011-06-25 11:52

    I had nightmares porting to 8ta but am amazed how cheap their prepaid is. The line quality is mtn's

      Len - 2011-08-13 16:20

      Yes porting to 8ta is a nighmare. They told me 36hrs but it took all of 14 days. But now it works fine. Len

  • Werner - 2011-07-20 09:03

    can anyone tell me if my address is not in the (pink) in the coverage area will i be able to use it at all

  • Paseka - 2012-01-04 18:45

    how to check my balance[data bundles],instead of taking your sim card and putting it in another phone?

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