Archive for year: 2019

Big BitCo Wireless price cuts and network upgrade


Big BitCo Wireless price cuts and network upgrade

As Wireless Internet service providers scramble to outshine each other with low-cost data deals, one provider is choosing to rebuild its Wireless network and attack high connectivity costs directly at the source.

Leading ISP BitCo has completed work on its carrier-grade Wireless network to rival the very best

BitCo, established in 2006 and operating under IECNS and IECS licences since 2011, has just completed an impressive upgrade to a large portion of its Wireless network.

This will guarantee increased redundancy, better quality of service, and an unsurpassed Internet and telephony experience for all business Wireless subscribers.

“Our ambition is to deliver excellent Internet and telephony solutions through constant innovation,” said BitCo CEO Jarryd Chatz.

“That’s why we’ve chosen to rebuild certain high-sites from the ground up. Stability was a problem prior to the upgrade. This was due, in part, to capacity limitations on both backhaul radios as well as the fibre, old equipment, power, and batteries.”

Over the past several months, BitCo has spared no expense to upgrade its Wireless network with all selected sites being upgraded to new bigger Ciena switches, Netonix power over Ethernet switches, backup battery power, and higher capacity SIAE backhaul radios.

The new radios not only provide higher throughput, but also self-modulate under severe weather conditions to provide reliable connectivity. Added to this, BitCo invested in an additional 10Gbps backhaul to provide relief for network congestion.

Strategic sites throughout the Northwest, Johannesburg, Pretoria, KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Town have also been upgraded with Radwin (Carrier Grade) point-to-multipoint radios to deliver up to 100Mbps speeds per customer.

These improvements have been implemented with future growth in mind and have paved the road to deliver even faster and more reliable Wireless solutions, as the equipment installed is easily upgradable.

Big price cuts

With an overwhelming number of connectivity offers available, Wireless Internet consumers have been bombarded with messages surrounding unbelievable promotions and specials.

Chatz believes that these “amazing deals” fail to address the infrastructure challenges preventing most South Africans from accessing reliable and cost-effective Internet.

BitCo, on the other hand, is addressing these challenges with the upgrades that have just taken place.

Chatz said that the upgrades will go a long way towards solving consumers’ practical Wireless connectivity challenges.

“The new, improved network will allow our subscribers to enjoy increased efficiency, stability, and peace of mind, thanks to our signature guaranteed 99% uptime.”

Following the upgrade, BitCo Telecoms also announced new Wireless packages covering its Radwin areas. Its has slashed the standard Wireless pricing, in some cases by up to 70% over the term.

Please note that pricing excludes VAT and existing wireless customers can upgrade with a free installation.

Content – Bitco Telecoms My Broadband

Telkom price increases – How much you will now pay for ADSL and line rental

Telkom price increases – How much you will now pay for ADSL and line rental

Telkom will adjust the price of its fixed-line products on 1 September 2019, including price increases on its line rental and ADSL products.

The company also announced that its fixed customers on wireless technology will be migrated to SmartVoice during August 2019 and will not be impacted by the rate adjustment.

There three main Telkom fixed-line services will see price changes:

  • Voice Services
  • DSL Soft Cap Bundles
  • DSL Uncapped: Unlimited Home Bundles

The price for line rental, which all ADSL subscribers must pay, will increase from the current R200.74 to R210.00.

The company announced that customers on DSL bundles which were expired (no longer available for sale) will also be subject to the tariff increases.

Content – My Broadband – Staff Writer

DStv Premium is struggling in South Africa

DStv Premium is struggling in South Africa

MultiChoice Group has published its annual results for the year ended 31 March 2019, showing that its DStv Premium product remains under pressure.

The company did not publish the exact number of Premium subscribers it had at the end of March 2019, but did admit that the segment was suffering due to competition and a difficult economy.

MultiChoice’s overall subscriber base continues to grow, but this due to a growing number of low-end subscribers and not uptake of its Premium product.

“The South African business delivered subscriber growth of 8% YoY or 0.5m subscribers and generated revenues of R33.7bn, up 3% (4% organic) from the prior year,” MultiChoice said.

“The Premium segment remained under pressure as consumers were impacted by rising fuel and other costs and we competed for share of wallet.”

Last year, DStv outlined its Premium subscriber decline and showed that it had lost 41,000 subscribers in the space of the previous financial year.

MultiChoice added that its average revenue per user continued to decline as it grew its low-end subscriber base.

“ARPU declined from R335 to R322 due to the ongoing change in subscriber mix towards the mass market,” the company said.

MultiChoice’s results presentation showed that the company’s Premium subscriber mix decreased from 22% to 20%, with its Premium subscriber growth decreasing by 7%.

DStv 2019 subscriber growth
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Online and Rest of Africa

Despite continuing to lose DStv Premium subscribers, MultiChoice has seen strong growth across its Showmax and DStv Now platforms.

“Sustained efforts to grow the digital offering through Connected Video and position the business for the future, saw good uptake of both the Showmax and DStv Now services,” MultiChoice said.

As a result of this drive, MultiChoice doubled the number of its online subscribers compared to last year.

The company performed better in the rest of Africa, adding 1.1 million subscribers across its services.

This marks the first time that MultiChoice has more subscribers in its “Rest of Africa” segment than in South Africa.

Jamie McKane – My Broadband

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