MWEB offers VoIP calls

2012-08-01 14:35
MWEB's Carolyn Holgate has said that user demand has driven the company to provide VoIP. (Picture provided)

MWEB's Carolyn Holgate has said that user demand has driven the company to provide VoIP. (Picture provided)

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Cape Town - MWEB has launched an internet call service that offers discounted calls to both landline and mobile phone numbers.

The service, MWEB Talk, will be free between users and significantly discounted when calling cellphones and landline numbers over ADSL connections.

"We have seen a noticeable transformation in users' internet behaviour with consumers wanting services that complement their ADSL connectivity solution," said Carolyn Holgate the general manager of MWEB Connect.

The ISP has made significant investments into its network and users could expect cost savings in using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

"By implementing a VoIP service consumers and small businesses can cut their monthly telecommunication bills by up to 55% to landline and mobile numbers," said Holgate.

Cost saving

The service is similar to Skype and the technology offers a cost saving as the calls are routed over data networks as opposed to circuit-switched public telephone networks and many companies have been switching as the technology increases in reliability.

"We looked at the VoIP landscape in South Africa about two years ago and we realised that there were people trying to do it, and what we saw was a lot of people bringing products from the UK or the US and then trying to launch them here," George Golding, CEO of Euphoria told News24 in 2011.

Euphoria uses proprietary software to manage its VoIP offering and security is a major consideration.

"We've got 256 bit encryption; our password coding is 12 characters long and very complicated; Everything we've done from the ground up is pretty close to banking security," Golding added.

Once customers download the application, which works on all major smartphone platforms, they also have the option of purchasing a Desktop VoIP Handset for R99.

MWEB Talk calls to the ISP's subscribers are free and peak call rates range from R0.32 per minute for landline calls to R0.93 for Cell C. Further details on pricing can be found on the website.

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