the wholesale division of Telkom, Openserve has become the latest fixed broadband infrastructure provider to increase line speeds for some customers following the Covid-19 crisis.
Openserve announced Thursday that it will increase fiber and copper connections free of charge for three months, between May 1 and July 31.
This follows similar announcements from fiber competitors Vumatel, Frogoot, Metrofibre Networks and Link Africa.
Openserve said he was making the changes as a result of people being forced to work from home amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The company said it had “taken the necessary steps to ensure that Internet service providers are not adversely affected” by the changes.
Not all line speeds will improve, however, with the emphasis on entry-level and low-end plans.
“Our low-speed fiber optic customers will see their throughput at least doubled, which will ensure they have enough additional bandwidth to meet their demands,” said OpenServe CEO Althon Beukes.
“We have also focused our efforts on increasing the speeds of our low-speed DSL customers. Our lowest speed DSL customers will benefit from an upgrade up to 10 times the existing speed, when network constraints allow. “
On fiber, the 10Mbit / s, 20Mit / s and 40Mbit / s lines will be respectively increased to 20Mbit / s, 40Mit / s and 100Mbit / s. The 100Mbit / s and 200Mbit / s lines will remain unchanged.
On copper, eligible 1 Mbit / s, 2 Mbit / s, 4 Mbit / s and 8 Mbit / s lines will be upgraded to 10 Mbit / s, subject to network and distance limitations. Services unable to achieve 10 Mbps will be excluded from the upgrade. The existing 10Mbit / s, 20Mbit / s and 40Mbit / s copper lines will remain unchanged. – (c) 2020 NewsCentral Media