Cybersmart CEO Laurie Fialkov has warned that uncapped ADSL subscribers in South Africa should expect to see a poorer performance in terms of download speeds now that Telkom has increased the contention ratios (the number of users that may compete for bandwidth) on its uncapped wholesale broadband products. Fialkov told MyBroadband: ‘This is really a sad day for South African internet …Telkom is making uncapped ADSL unviable unless ISPs put severe shaping rules in place.’ The incumbent previously responded to similar accusations by stating that ‘its wholesale division is not involved in how Telkom Internet decides to price its products. Similarly, Telkom Internet is not involved in Wholesale’s decisions on IPC pricing and line speed upgrades.’
Meanwhile, in unrelated news, GlobeComm Systems, a US-based provider of managed network communication solutions, has announced a contract extension with Avanti to deploy satellite broadband services to business users in South Africa, IT News Africa reports. According to the article, GlobeComm will deploy Ka-band satellite connectivity to enterprise customers in the country via Avanti’s HYLAS 2 satellite; further, the partnership will be based on Hughes’s platform, and coverage is likely to extend beyond South Africa from late-2014.