Wholesale customers of Telkom’s broadband internet access can breathe a sigh of relief as the fixed and mobile operator announced yesterday afternoon that it would be slashing the prices of Wholesale Fibre Broadband Access, IP Connect, Resell DSL and Metro Ethernet by up to 63%.

“A connected South Africa is where positive change starts to happen. 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”, said Alphonzo Samuels, Telkom’s chief technology officer, in a media statement.

From the 1st of May, Telkom will make the following 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

* 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,” said Telkom’s managing director of Wholesale Services Mr Prenesh Padayachee.

But what does this mean for you and me? Your ISP probably gets its internet access from Telkom, and a reduction in the wholesale price means that your ISP could also be dropping its prices that you pay. Its a win-win for all.

“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 said.

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