Telkom hikes ADSL charges

net_sxc.huTelkom’s ADSL subscribers will be forced to shell out more money in August after the company filed its 2012 annual tariff adjustments

The monthly rental fees on fast DSL will increase to ZAR 165.00 (US$19.87), while faster DSL will increase to ZAR 299.00 (US$36.01), and the fastest DSL service will rise to ZAR 425.00 (US$51.20). The rental on Telkom’s Do Broadband bundles, however, will remain unchanged.

The South African communications giant said in a press statement that it had ensured its 2012 annual tariff adjustment was below the consumer price index and represented an increase of 1.2 per cent on overall basic voice and data services.

The adjustments, which will come into effect on August, 1 2012, apply to Telkom’s tariffs for line rentals, outgoing calls, DSL and data connectivity services.

“Telkom is committed to delivering quality service as we endeavour to contain the adjustments to a minimum. To this end, the adjustments are significantly less than inflation, which is currently at 5.7 per cent,” said Telkom consumer services managing director Manelisa Mavuso.

Mavuso pointed to a decrease in fixed-to-mobile call tariffs and added, “The new per minute tariffs will be reduced by 3.6 per cent to ZAR 1.35 (US$ 0.16) for peak time and ZAR 1.08 (US$0.13) for off-peak calls.”

Although international calls will not increase in overall costs, tariffs to certain destinations will increase, while others will decrease. Costs to some destinations, for example the UK and the US, will remain unchanged.

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