Pent-up customer demand in the newly-liberalised South African telecoms space has seen new licensee O-Tel triple the capacity of its servers after just 10 weeks of commercial operations.
O-Tel was licensed by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) at the end of January and this week exceeded subscriber targets that were due to be achieved in the fourth quarter of 2009.
"Competitive reasons prevent the disclosure of exact figures," says CEO Mohammad Patel. "However, what is clear is that South Africans realise O-Tel is a real nationwide telecoms alternative that can provide them with voice and data within 24 hours."
O-Tel has products and services available now and promises to provide customers with Telkom, ADSL or Vodacom 3G coverage with a telephone line for R99.00 (excluding VAT) per month with no contract necessary.
Data products are also available.
While O-Tel does not sell direct to the end consumer it has established a countrywide network of dealers.
The company promises business and residential subscribers tariffs from 45 cents (excluding VAT) per minute for local calls to Telkom numbers, true per second billing from the first second (international calls are billed per minute), a 24-hour turnaround time, both telephone and Internet connections and nationwide coverage.