MultiChoice has launched DStv Internet to provide internet access to those who do not have access to fibre services.

The company currently delivers DStv, GOtv and Showmax to more than 20-million households across 50 countries in Africa.

DStv Internet is a fixed wireless access service, which means that customers can now get connected to the Internet with a SIM card and WiFi router.

Customers can choose from three data packages, 25GB, 110GB, and 220GB. DStv customers have the benefit of choosing from bundle offerings that include data options with their DStv subscription package.

“Customer experience is at the forefront of MultiChoice’s continued product innovation. DStv Internet provides South Africans with connectivity for all their household internet requirements, giving them more convenience and choice,” says Nyiko Shiburi, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa.

The DStv Internet offering also includes an exclusive new premium service called DStv Trusted Home, an AI-driven network security and WiFi management solution developed jointly by MultiChoice’s digital platform security subsidiary Irdeto, and Minim.

The DStv Trusted Home comes with an iOS and Android app that puts subscribers in control of their WiFi connection, and also protects consumers’ home network from online security threats and malicious attacks and keeps children safer online with parental control features.

The DStv Trusted Home app is only available for use with DStv Internet routers. There are two router models that customers can purchase: the ZTE 286C & ZTE 286 R. The routers are included in the bundle and contract offerings.

“Great speed on its own is no longer enough, consumers demand more. In a time when people spend more time online than ever before, WiFi management and security of their home network and parental controls around children’s behavior online have become increasingly important services for operators to provide,” says Shane McCarthy, chief operating officer: video entertainment at Irdeto. “Trusted Home by Irdeto and Minim is beneficial for both operators as well as consumers, and we are pleased to be able to provide this to MultiChoice and their customers.”

Shiburi adds: “The AI-driven network security and Wi-Fi management solution enables broadband providers to strengthen their reputation by providing a superior broadband experience. Therefore, we are excited to work with Irdeto and Minim. The collaboration has enabled MultiChoice to provide the best security features for DStv Internet.”

As part of the launch of DStv Internet, the first 20 000 customers will receive a free 12-month subscription to the DStv Trusted Home app. After 12 months, customers will have the chance to opt out or add a monthly charge of R30 to their DStv Internet bill.

MTN has been selected as MultiChoice’s network partner.

“We are proud to partner with Multichoice to enhance access to digital services in South Africa. As a network wholesale provider, we are gearing up to serve the broader digital eco-system to ensure that more people can benefit from a modern and connected life,” says Quintus De Beer, executive: managed network services at MTN SA.