Sentech seems eager to prove that rumours of its imminent demise are premature. The company today launched a strong push into the broadband market, with connectivity options for a diverse range of users.
Company executives were bullish about the future and believe additional funding will be forthcoming shortly.
According to Minister Trevor Manuel's budget presentation last week, Sentech is to be included in a R3-billion allocation once business plans have been approved.
Sentech spokesmen today confirmed that these business plans have been completed and submitted and the company is confident that funds will be made available.
However, the company is moving ahead with its commercial operations and, from tomorrow, will make a new range of broadband connectivity options available.
Significant among these is a R99.00 per month option which is aimed to the existing dial-up or first-time Internet user.
Marcel Steyn, portfolio manager: product development at Sentech, explains that Sentech has been able to source international bandwidth at reduced prices, which has enabled it to offer entry-level broadband at such a reduced rate.
Other new bundles include a family offering with one broadband connection but up to four different users, each with their own modem.
Power users also have access to a bundle that ranges a R199.00 option with a 500Mb to a R1 999.00 offering with a 20Gb cap.
On all the bundles, additional bandwidth is available at R1.00 per Mb.
All of the new bundles include the option to buy modems from R439.00 to R1 500.00.
All the new bundles are available through channel partners, with Sentech also selling the top-of-the-range offering direct.