MTN brings back 'BIS' on Absolute plan

2013-06-20 11:00
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Cape Town - Mobile operator MTN has reversed its policy on the 200MB limit on BlackBerry smartphones.

The operator sent SMSes to users saying that the unlimited package has been restored.

"This means that with MTN's BlackBerry Absolute service, customers receive free uncapped data access until their next top-up anniversary date," Ryan Gould, MTN SA general manager for brand and communications told News24.

MTN announced earlier this year that it was killing off the BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) popular with consumers in favour of a tiered structure.

"Our analysis of usage behaviour shows that the majority of our BlackBerry customers fall within the 200MB usage pattern on a monthly basis," said Devan Chetty, general manager: Core & IP Planning at MTN SA said at the time.


The Absolute plan topped the structure and cost the same as BIS at R59 per month, but had a limit of 200MB, the average consumption per user, according to Chetty.

The operator said that customer demand had played a role in changing the policy.

"MTN has listened to its customers and have brought back what customers were asking for," said Gould.

The operator had been on the negative end of publicity as its competitors Vodacom and Cell C retained the BIS programme for older BlackBerry platforms after the release of BlackBerry 10, for which there is no unlimited data package.

According to Vodacom, data is one of the fastest growing sectors in the industry, even as prices continue to decrease.

"If you look at the way data's been growing - traffic is up 40%, and your pricing is down 18% - with the result that we've had a very good growth of 16% in data. Yes, it's possible [to increase data revenue], as long as the traffic continues to increase," CEO Shameel Joosub told News24.

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