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Openserve slashes access pricing

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Openserve, the wholesale division of Telkom, has is planning price reductions to its IP Connect (IPC) and South African Internet eXchange (SAIX) Dedicated Access services, becoming effective on 1 June 2016.
Prenesh Padayachee, chief of sales and marketing at Openserve, says: “This new pricing augurs well to further drive the democratisation of broadband and live our purpose, that together, we enable a connected future for South Africa.”
The new pricing structure for SAIX Dedicated Access on average shows reductions of between 31% and 60%, depending on the specific product procured. This, in itself, will stimulate greater innovation and creativity amongst the ISP’s to the benefit of consumers. The entry-level pricing for IP Connect will be reduced by up to 57% to encourage further competition in the broadband market.
The latest price reduction follows the recent announcement that Openserve is peering at Internet eXchange Point (IXP), NAPAfrica.
Padayachee says: “At our launch event last year we emphasised to the industry that Openserve provides us the opportunity to drive real perception change in the hearts and mind of our people, our clients, our stakeholders and the public at large. We further claimed that Openserve will be a responsive organisation that prioritises the client and pursues collaborations.
“Our peering at NAPAfrica is a clear indication that we will do what is necessary to reduce bandwidth costs while improving on overall network performance.
“With these two announcements we are further signalling a break from the past by formalising the autonomy that is necessary to serve all our clients on an equitable and transparent basis,” Padayachee adds.