Voice over Wi-Fi service launching in SA

AlwaysOn, a subsidiary of Internet Solutions, has unveiled a Wi-Fi voice calling service for South Africa, using a network which currently exceeds 2,000 hotspots.

By using a Wi-Fi connection, AlwaysOn would be able to bypass the country’s operators including MTN, Vodacom and Cell C.

The company aims to boost its subscriber base, currently at between 700,000 to 900,000 per month who use its Wi-Fi network.

There are currently many restaurants who offer free Wi-Fi access through AlwaysOn, including Mugg & Bean, McDonalds, Wimpy, Woolworths, Seattle Coffee Shops, Colcacchios and Fego.

In addition, CityLodge Hotels, Sun International, Tsogo Sun Hotels and Protea Hotels offer complimentary Wi-Fi access.

BusinessDay reported that users of the new calling service will need to purchase a voice package to make calls. Customers will be allocated numbers within the 087 block of digits.

AlwaysOn’s Wi-Fi calling service will first be launched on the Android mobile operating system platform, with pricing details expected soon.

In May 2014 Internet Solutions announced that it has increased its shareholding in AlwaysOn to 100%. Internet Solutions acquired its original interest (51%) in the company in 2009.

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