Telkom Wholesale Services has announced wholesale unit price reductions of up to 63% across its product range, including wholesale fibre broadband access, IP Connect, Resell DSL, Metro Ethernet and SAIX dedicated access offerings.

“A connected South Africa is where positive change starts to happen,” says Alphonzo Samuels, Telkom’s chief technology officer.

“Telkom’s R12-billion investment in our Next Generation High Speed Broadband Network is ultimately to support South Africa’s entire broadband ecosystem. This is about much more than just investing in technology. It is about investing in connectivity that will drive meaningful change in our country.”

Today’s announcement is the latest in a series of price reductions of Telkom’s IP Connect product which has now effectively been halved over the past eighteen months.

Effective 1 May 2015, Telkom’s Wholesale customers can expect the following price adjustments:

* Rate reductions of up to 10% on the Wholesale Fibre Broadband Access product range;

* Price adjustments of between 6% and 25% across the SAIX product range;

* Tariff reductions of between 1,4% and 63% across the IP Connect product range; and

* Tariff reductions of between 35% and 40% across the Metro Ethernet product range.

“Telkom has chosen a clear path to democratise data access to all South Africans. We believe that these major price adjustments and our renewed focus on value will go far in serving our customers, the industry and ultimately, the socio-economic development of South Africa,” says Prenesh Padayachee, Telkom’s MD of Wholesale Services.

“As part of our turnaround strategy we recognise that we have an important role to play in enabling our customers to deliver on the connectivity demands that South African’s have come to expect. Our investment in next generation networks and applications is aimed at driving the penetration of broadband and thereby enabling our customers to grow the market,” he says.

Telkom services its wholesale customer base with the largest and most ubiquitous IP network in Africa and the company’s wholesale services is positioning itself in order to service an exponentially increasing demand for copper and fibre-based broadband services.

To this end Telkom Wholesale services continues to invest in new generation broadband access technologies including fibre to the home and business which is offered on an open-access basis to other ISPs and Multi Service Access Nodes initiatives aimed at delivering even higher speeds to the industry and driving demand among end consumers for rich media content.

“Ultimately Telkom’s Wholesale division is enabling our resellers through its network and resell products, to operate and compete successfully in their customer markets,” Padayachee says.