Vodacom has announced the first phase of the restructuring of its broadband and connectivity services, letting users carry over unused data and broadening HSPA usage.
Effective from 1 April 2009, HSDPA 3.6 with HSUPA is available to all Vodacom's existing and new customers, at no extra charge, on the Broadband Standard
data option, with no need to opt in to use this high-speed mobile data service.
HSDPA 7.2 with HSUPA is now also available in all 3G coverage areas.
All Vodacom customers who subscribe to the new Broadband Advanced data option and connect with HSDPA 7.2 capable devices will benefit from higher download and upload speeds, as well as pay the same rate per Megabyte for in-bundle and out-of-bundle usage.
Vodacom has also introduced monthly rollover of data, which means that all Vodacom customers are able to carry over unused data to the following month.
Shameel Joosub, MD of Vodacom South Africa, says the new restructuring of data services is aligned with Vodacom's growth strategy.
"Our customers' primary need for data, from PCs and cellphones, is to access the Internet," he says. "They want the best data connectivity options available at the lowest possible prices. We believe that this acceleration in the availability of mobile broadband services should see a substantial increase in Internet penetration, providing easy accessibility and higher data speeds at competitive rates."