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Huge response for Telkom fast web trial

2012-10-29 11:04

Johannesburg – Telkom Internet reported an overwhelming response from qualifying customers to participate in its high speed broadband pilot.

Customers already on the trial have reported much faster upload and download speeds, the operator said in a press statement.

Qualifying customers are required to be covered by Telkom's MSAN footprint in the following areas: Benmore Gardens, Fourways and Waterkloof in Gauteng; Durban North in Kwa-Zulu Natal and Durbanville in the Western Cape.

Telkom Internet has had a strong response from customers meeting this requirement. These customers have been supplied with a free VDSL router in order to test the broadband speeds. This VDSL router will not be required to be returned upon the completion of the technical trial.

The ISP encourages customers to visit the following website to determine whether they qualify to participate.

Telkom Internet has also enabled a Self-Install option for qualifying customers whereby they can collect their modems from their nearest participating Telkom Direct store.

In all, 12 stores are participating, namely, Overport and Gateway in Durban, Randburg and Fourways in Johannesburg, Menlyn and Hatfield in Pretoria and Table View, Canal Walk, N1 City, Bellville, Tygervalley and Capegate in Cape Town.

Participating customers will not be charged any additional cost during the pilot and will continue to pay their current subscription DSL and ISP charges.

Telkom Internet wishes to highlight that all participating customers will revert to their original broadband speeds and services upon completion of the technical trial. The trial will terminate at the end of January 2013.

Comments
  • sfortmann1 - 2012-10-29 11:28

    Ok, fair enough, but what speed are they getting, and any ideas on when it will be supplied to the public and its cost? That's all we are really interested in.

      eric.shinn.90 - 2012-10-29 11:41

      It's all part of the marketing boet, I already want it. lol

      ron.rielander - 2012-10-29 12:35

      This is only because a private company has layed fibre cables already which will go live during 2013. Telkom should have been on the fibre bandwagon years ago but opted to stay with copper, they were enjoying the monopoly at that stage. This is only a better faster modem which still runs on copper wire with its resistance problems.Things are going to happen in 2013 as far as broadband goes, hang in there, except at this stage it will be a mix of fibre and wi-fi.

      KeeperofChaos - 2012-10-29 12:37

      They are getting between 20mbps and 50mbps with Telkom planning to offer it commercially by 2015. With the launch of 4G/LTE we are looking at getting up to 100mbps on mobile devices. The international bandwidth will most probably be a bottleneck. As long as they make sure they can serve up these numbers on internationally hosted services then it's all good.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-10-29 11:43

    I get mbps, had it for a year already. Would like to know how fast their new one is

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-10-29 17:11

      that's really fast - mbps?

  • David - 2012-10-29 11:45

    That fantastic and all, but when 99% of other internet user can barely get a stable 1-2megabits/s you know your priorities are misplaced.

  • klippies.coke.7 - 2012-10-29 11:47

    Well ofcourse there's a huge response! Telkom might be hated by all but who wouldn't mind getting faster speeds for free.

  • wayne.hardaker.3 - 2012-10-29 11:56

    Would be interesting to see how much this will cost. Their 10mbps line already costs around R1 800. I have a Canadian friend who I was chatting to the other day and he told me he pays around $50 a month for everything (they don't pay for 'line rental') and his line has a download speed of about 50mbps. I really hope Telkom catches up with the rest of the world and stops ripping us off.

      matewis1 - 2012-10-29 12:20

      Just goes to show how far SA still has to go. I'm in Sweden and I pay about R350 per month for my 100 Mb line, also without any additional costs.

      dkropman - 2012-10-29 14:59

      And they have very little shaping and if any, a very high, bandwidth limit.

  • cyril.laubscher - 2012-10-29 12:18

    "Customers already on the trial have reported much faster upload and download speeds" Haha so what they are saying is that their torrenting is going rather well

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