Telkom’s managing director for wholesale services Prenesh Padayachee said the company is still looking into offering DSL access which does not require users to also pay for a telephone service.
Whether Telkom will offer “naked DSL” is dependent on the outcome of its current analysis into the restructuring of its fixed-line costs.
“If, upon completion, the analysis proves favourable, we will still need to go through a series of pilot initiatives,” said Padayachee.
He quoted recent statements from Telkom group CEO Sipho Maseko, saying they are working hard to regain customer trust and improve their customer experience.
Padayachee said they couldn’t yet comment on how naked DSL would impact resellers who currently offer line rental and bundled ADSL services.
“Only once we have determined what the models for this look like, will we be in a position to determine how all parties are affected,” he said.
“The copper infrastructure still needs to be maintained irrespective of a voice service or not.”