Many South African Internet Service Providers have been asking for naked ADSL for years, and have a strong case to suggest that not all subscribers want analogue voice services.
The latest MyBroadband survey showed that 45% of ADSL subscribers do not use Telkom’s fixed-line telephone service for phone calls.
This means these users do not get any value from the mandatory analogue telephone service bundled with their ADSL line, and would prefer a cheaper naked ADSL service.
Over the last few years, many ISPs have asked for a naked ADSL service – including Webafrica, MWEB, and Afrihost.
Webafrica’s Greg Wright told MyBroadband that naked ADSL will open up the market by removing the compulsory R189 analogue voice line rental, which creates a high barrier to entry for ADSL.
The good news is that this is on the cards, with Telkom investigating the feasibility of a naked ADSL service.
Telkom’s managing director for wholesale services Prenesh Padayachee said the launch of naked DSL is dependent on the outcome of its 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.