Cape Town - One of South Africa’s largest Independent Service
Providers, MWEB, has launched six new connectivity products that take advantage
of the introduction of VDSL (Very-High-Bit-Rate Digital Subscriber Line)
technology in South Africa.
The new products, designed to cater for the different
connectivity requirements of large and small businesses as well as consumers,
deliver exceptionally high speed connections.
“VDSL is like ADSL on steroids – only faster. It’s up to
four times faster than the fastest ADSL currently available,” says MWEB ISP CEO
According to Hershaw, while LTE may offer higher burst
speeds and fibre may deliver greater long-term reliability, VDSL is the way to
go for users that have high-traffic-high-speed requirements.
MWEB’s new VDSL offerings include (all prices include VAT):
Business Uncapped VDSL - 20Mbps and MWEB Business Uncapped VDSL - 40Mbps. These
premium unshaped and unthrottled services are characterised by unrivalled
network performance and reliability, 24x7 support and static IP addresses.
These products also come with several value added services such as a 2GB
mailbox, 300MB wifi and a 5GB Store-It account. A business class VDSL router is
included in the price of R5 799 and R10 699 respectively per month.
Business Uncapped VDSL Lite - 20Mbps and MWEB Business Uncapped VDSL Lite -
40Mbps. These shaped for business products are perfectly suited for businesses
that demand the best possible connectivity speeds for typical business
applications such as browsing, email and VoIP/voice. While this product does
not come with any static IP addresses, it does include 24x7 support, a 2GB
mailbox, 300MB wifi, 5GB Store-It account and a business class router in the
monthly charges of R3 799 and R5 799 respectively.
However, Hershaw cautions that VDSL is currently available
in only a handful of areas in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal.
- MWEB VDSL
- 20Mbps and MWEB VDSL - 40Mbps are designed to meet the needs of consumers and
Small Office-Home Office (SOHO) users who require a high speed broadband
connection with no restrictions on data usage. These high speed, shaped
uncapped products come with several value added services including a 2GB
mailbox, 300MB wifi, 5GB Store-It and a fax mail account. The MWEB uncapped
VDSL-20Mbps product is available at R2 299 and the VDSL – 40Mbps product at R3
Whether a potential VDSL subscriber is able to get the
service will depend on how far their premises are from a Telkom street
distribution cabinet (SDC), and whether that SDC has been upgraded to a
multi-service access node (MSAN).
“MWEB is following the roll-out of MSANs closely. As soon as
the Telkom infrastructure upgrade is complete, we will make our VDSL products
available to our customers in that area,” Hershaw says.
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