Telkom unveiled today (20 June 2012) a set of converged bundled solutions which offer businesses a range of fixed and mobile solutions on a single bill.
“This is an expression of Telkom’s key strategic thrust to lead in the fixed mobile convergence (FMC) market. We recently undertook to keep our stakeholders informed on development of the company strategy and I am pleased to announce our progress on the FMC journey,” said Telkom Group CEO, Nombulelo Moholi.
Telkom Business’ managing director, Brian Armstrong said, “One of the key drives in Telkom is a move from being the ‘incumbent’ to market leadership. Single service offerings and ultimately the move toward converged solutions is a key part of achieving this.”
Telkom has an aggressive roadmap toward offering true FMC and seamless, unified communications and has already achieved a number of milestones including the launch of Cybernest, Telkom Business Mobile and the unveiling of Telkom Business Broadband.
“We believe that Telkom is best positioned to lead in this space. We have the necessary infrastructure, network, products, scale and resources to offer the best of the fixed and mobile technology worlds.”
Converged bundles will now marry Telkom’s fixed, mobile and data offerings into a single solution.
“The convenience of flexible and scalable tailor made solutions; unified billing and a single point of purchase and service support will deliver unrivalled value, cost and productivity gains for our business customers,” said Armstrong.
Telkom unveiled three fixed mobile deals today; however, Armstrong announced that in the coming weeks the company would reveal almost two dozen more convergence deals.
“Furthermore all the convergence deals can be tailored to the customer’s specific requirements via a deal builder portal on Telkom Business’ Online Shopping Basket.”
He also revealed that coming soon, Telkom would offer SIM bundle deals on convergence accounts and “Closed User Group Deals”, with up to 20 000 mobile users, and free calls to one fixed line on certain deals.
“Essentially, FMC will evolve from basic PBX mobile extensions to comprehensive UC with collaborative solutions. Telkom is currently piloting premise-based unified communications solutions with three large corporate customers as we gear up to reach the next milestone on this journey,” said Armstrong.
Packages and pricing
Telkom Business announced three pre-packaged deals today, adding that it would have almost 2 dozen deals available shortly.
The deals are as follows:
- R469 for 1024kbps ADSL with 10GB data per month (future automatic upgrades do not apply) and 10GB mobile data per month.
- R499 for for BizTalk Plan 1 and a Mobile Voice contract 3 with BlackBerry Curve 9360.
- R969 for BizTalk Plan 1, 1024kbps ADSL and 10GB data, and mobile voice on contract 3 with BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 16GB BlackBerry Playbook
Armstrong said that these bundles are not their “end game” but a step in the roll-out of fully converged fixed and mobile services.