Anybody in South Africa who has ever wanted to get ADSL, will know that more than likely they have to go through Telkom in order to make that happened. Telkom has packaged its products in such a way that if you want a broadband ADLS connection, you need to take a fixed landline connection as well.
But during the annual MyBroadband conference, internet service provider Afrihost had a number of suggestions for Telkom and how to provide a better broadband product – one being naked ADSL.
Naked DSL is the practice of providing users with only an ADSL connection which isn’t tethered to a landline number or voice connection. It’s a more cost effective way for users to connect to the internet without having to pay the monthly fees for a voice line that they will probably never use.
“I understand a lot of investment has gone into the ADSL network, and I admire Telkom for what they have done in the industry. However I truly believe it still costs an ADSL user too much even before they have moved a single byte of data. They are already paying on their ADSL line access cost and their voice rental costs. What I would like to see, is definitely naked DSL being an option – taking away the voice line rental,” said Afrihost CEO Gian Visser.
Visser also explained that he thinks it would be better if Telkom had one set fee for an ADSL connection, but then charge the customer for the amount of data that is being used.
“If Telkom focused more on making the money out of their data allocations out of inter-process communication (IPC). We know they make a fair amount of money there as well. If they just had one set fee for the line rental ADSL component, no matter what your speed was. Their profit center should be in the amount of data that is being moved, and hopefully they should make money there as opposed to having different levels of line rental speed,” Visser said.