Neotel, which yesterday launched its full-on challenge to Telkom's residential voice market dominance, will soon bring out a service that will go head-to-head with ADSL – but at much-reduced rates.
The new multi-user data device will connect wirelessly to the Neotel network using CDMA and EV-DO and doubles up as a LAN router, offering both wired and wireless Ethernet connections.
It will connect at downlink speeds of 3,1Mbps and uplink speeds of 1,8Mbps.
While Neotel is not yet ready to announce pricing for the device, consumer business executive head Mukul Sharma says it will be comparable to the company's current data rates.
Since data is currently charged at 8 cents per Mb, the new service could give existing broadband services a run for their money.