MyBroadband recently reported that South African Internet pioneer Mike Lawrie built an internal ADSL network at the retirement centre where he lives, which offers residents unlimited Internet access at R40 per month.
One of the biggest costs to operate the network is his monthly Internet connection, which includes a 40Mbps VDSL line and an 800GB capped account.
When Afrihost learned of this excellent initiative, where Lawrie offers retirees in his complex uncapped Internet for between R19 and R40 per month, it was keen to help.
The ISP has decided to provide Lawrie with a free 40Mbps VDSL service, and threw in a free 1TB capped account until December 2017.
Afrihost’s capped accounts offer unmetered data use between midnight and 18:00, which is perfect for Lawrie’s network as users are at home during this time.
“We are thrilled to support Mike. What he is doing for his community is exactly what Afrihost is trying to do for the broader South African community – which is to provide affordable, quality Internet services,” said Afrihost director Greg Payne.
Afrihost CEO Gian Visser added that he was still in primary school when Lawrie was sending emails across continents.
“He is a legend in the Internet industry and we really are honoured that he chose to trust us with his connectivity,” said Visser.
“It’s inspiring to see what Mr. Lawrie has created for his community, and we’re glad we can help in some small way.”