iBurst has confirmed earlier reports that it intends to become a network-agnostic provider of fixed and wireless broadband services and has added ADSL and HSDPA to its offering.
“We have always looked at the needs of potential broadband subscribers and made unbiased recommendations as to which access technologies would suit them best. The difference today is that we can recommend and sell iBurst Wireless, iBurst ADSL and iBurst HSDPA,” says Thami Mtshali, CEO of iBurst.
iBurst’s repositioning recognises that telecommunications is rapidly becoming a generic utility similar to water and electricity. “Broadband consumers are primarily interested in their needs being met and not in which technology meets those needs,” says Mtshali.
iBurst’s recent entry as a serious player in the voice communication arena also means that one telecoms company could satisfy the voice and data needs of many consumers.
“The convenience of receiving one bill for both voice and data communications should not be underestimated,” Mtshali adds.
iBurst subscribers opting for multiple access technologies will also receive just one bill.
iBurst ADSL subscribers will need a Telkom ADSL line before approaching iBurst for ISP (Internet Service Provider) services.
iBurst ADSL is offered on month-to-month and 24-month contracts. One gigabyte package prices range from R69.00 per month on a 24-month contract to R89.00 per month on a month-to-month contract. 10Gb package prices range from R699.00 per month on a 24-month contract to R719.00 per month on a month-to-month contract. These prices exclude modems.
iBurst HSDPA uses Vodacom’s 3G HSDPA network to provide mobile broadband data services. iBurst HSDPA is available on 24-month contracts only from R249.00 per month for 500Mb to R2 049.00 per month for 10Gb.
Most iBurst value-added services may be added to the iBurst ADSL and iBurst HSDPA packages. iBurst Wireless, iBurst HSDPA and iBurst ADSL can all be purchased directly from iBurst or from selected resellers and service providers.
The company offers a data carry-over feature whereby users are able to carry over the unused portion of their monthly data allowances to the following month, up to a maximum of their monthly data allocation.
“Being able to offer three different broadband access options is ultimately an extension of iBurst’s commitment to customer service," Mtshali says.