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Telkom launches SA’s biggest fibre trial

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Telkom has launched an offer to more than 11 000 DSL customers, letting them experience fibre technology at no additional cost.
In a one of a kind trial, DSL customers within Telkom’s fibre footprint will be given the opportunity to upgrade their copper-based connectivity, to the more advanced fibre network. These customers will also have the opportunity to test Telkom’s Boltspeed 10Mbps and 20Mbps fibre products, for free, for two months.
Telkom is offering these DSL customers the option to migrate from their copper-based DSL service, to an equivalent fibre-based service, in a phased approach. The trial offer starts on 2 February 2016.
This offers means that DSL customers, who are currently on 2Mbps, 4Mbps and 8Mbps DSL products can now, for no extra charge, move across to the more stable and reliable fibre network. During the two months trial, they also are able to test the 10Mbps and 20Mbps line options and can then make a call at the end of the two months, which package they choose to adopt.
“Telkom has the largest fibre network in the country and we want to take this high performing technology into our customer’s homes, businesses and schools. This unique trial offer is a win-win for customers in that we will migrate them to our Telkom fibre, at no additional cost,” says Telkom consumer MD, Attila Vitai.
“We are delighted to be able to offer thousands of customers the opportunity to experience the speed and reliability of fibre. Our installation teams are working to secure installations within 7 to ten days from order.”
Telkom customers will also not be charged any installation free, as long as a like-for-like installation is possible.
After the two-month trial, customers will be able to upgrade to the 10Mbps or 20Mbps options or they can return to their original 2Mbps, 4Mbps and 8Mbps speeds – however their line will permanently have been upgraded to fibre.
“Fibre is the next evolution of fixed line broadband connectivity and we want our customers to enjoy the best technology experience we can offer. Not only does fibre offer faster speeds but it is less susceptible to electronic interference, lightning and water damage than the copper network,” Vitai adds.
“Ultimately, this technology upgrade and fibre trial is mutually beneficial to Telkom and our customers. Telkom will be better equipped to deliver stable and reliable services while customers get to enjoy the many benefits of Boltspeed fibre connectivity.”