Vodacom has launched uncapped price plans on the third party infrastructure networks where it sells fibre broadband services as an Internet Service Provider. This will allow customers to use as much data as they want at all times without worrying about running out of data or topping up.
The uncapped price plans have been introduced in addition to the existing capped price plans on offer. Both the uncapped and capped offerings are available as month to month, 12 month or 24 month options (please see pricing table below*). Capped customers will have the option to top up with new Vodacom Fibre Top up bundles when their monthly data allocation is depleted.
Vodacom has also signed wholesale agreements with another two third-party network infrastructure providers – SADV and Metrofibre Networx. In September, Vodacom announced that it had signed lease agreements with Fibrehoods, Openserve, Century City Connect, Vumatel and Dark Fibre Africa to deliver Vodacom Fibre products. Through these providers Vodacom customers have access to Vodacom Fibre Broadband, Vodacom Fibre Fixed Voice and Value Added Services.
Louisa van Beek, Managing Executive for FTTX (Fibre-To-The-X) at Vodacom, says, “We are making good progress on our own fibre deployment and by entering into strategic wholesale agreements to sell services through other network providers, we have additional access to over 175 000 end points.”
Third party network infrastructure partnerships give Vodacom access to pre-deployed FTTH (Fibre-To-The-Home) networks inclusive of access build and active equipment which rapidly increases time to market. Wholesale agreements allow customers to enjoy the Vodacom Fibre offering across a wider geographical area.
Van Beek concludes: “The rollout of fibre remains a critical part of Vodacom’s growth strategy and our intention remains to pass one million broadband fibre end-points within the next four years.”
Vodacom now passes over 31 000 homes and businesses with its own fibre infrastructure. The company confirmed at its recent interim results that it is exploring new ways to expand in the fibre space and will invite partners to enter into co-build agreements.