New kid on the block, One Cloud Internet, is promising 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) fibre broadband services from R39 per Gigabyte, or R999 for an uncapped option.
As a launch promotion, the first 1,000 people in the Gauteng area to sign up for One Cloud’s fibre services will get their installation for free, provided there’s enough interest in their area.
Rudzani Matshatshe, boss of One Cloud Internet, said in an interview with MyBroadband that they will be looking at “fibre-available” areas first, and preference will also be given to complexes, estates, and office parks.
For a residential complex to be viable, at least 100 people in that area would need have indicated interest in becoming clients, Matshatshe said.
He added that while they may not be able to install everywhere in Gauteng, the large number of upstream providers means they can install to almost anywhere in province.
In addition to the free installation, which Matshatshe said would normally cost R1,299, they also include a PW-RN501 wireless router which is valued at R1,199.
He said that they are able to offer the promotion thanks to a cash injection the company recently received from a silent investor.
Once installed, One Cloud promises not charge line rental costs or any monthly fee other than those listed on it website. Services will also be offered on a month-to-month basis, not on contract.
What does a One Cloud Internet installation look like?
The prices listed on One Cloud’s website seem aimed at Wi-Fi hotspot access, but Matshatshe said that they will apply to their fibre services as well.
Each fixed-line installation includes two hotspots: one for your private use and one for guest access.
Even though the website lists the uncapped account as a single user offering, your home line would be specifically linked to your One Cloud Internet account, letting you connect any number of devices to your private network.
Users connected to your guest hotspot will never interfere with your private access, Matshatshe said.
If you chose One Cloud’s uncapped account for R999 per month, you will not be able to use those credentials to log into a guest hotspot if they are in use at your home or on another guest hotspot.
Should you choose the “Family Pack” option (which offers 20GB to 5 users for R780 per month, or R39/GB), you get up to 5 simultaneous guest logins at One Cloud hotspots.
One Cloud also has a R49/GB capped account that Matshatshe said lets you add more users as you need them.
Asked about who will physically deploy the fibre and who their upstream service provider will be, Matshatshe said that they would do the installations in-house.
“We install the fibre connectivity to homes with safety assurances,” Matshatshe said.
For their upstream service provider, One Cloud will be using Metrofibre Networx.
A spokesperson for Metrofibre Networx confirmed that they are in talks to provide One Cloud Internet with a Carrier Ethernet fibre connection.
Too good to be true?
At R999 per month for uncapped 100Mbps fibre broadband, One Cloud’s offering sounds too good to be true.
For the same price you can get up to 20Mbps uncapped VDSL from service providers such as Afrihost and Web Africa, but certainly not anything close to 100Mbps.
Asked how restrictive their fair use policy (FUP) would be, Matshatshe said that they have a standard FUP that would be applied to users who would like to make use of torrents. Voice over IP, streaming, and browsing would be prioritised throughout the day.
Like any ISP, users would have to agree to the FUP before they could use One Cloud’s Internet services, but Matshatshe promised that clients would experience excellent throughput.
Something else to keep in mind, other than being restricted to the Gauteng province for the moment, is that One Cloud has not conducted trials or launched commercial services anywhere yet.
“This promotion allows us to see which area is the most interested in receiving high speed internet,” Matshatshe said.
“If people say the Uncapped Package is too good to be true then they must know that there is now a company which serves them to suit their pockets, that there is a company which is not being controlled or manipulated to give great returns on investors’ already endowed pockets,” he added.
Matshatshe said that they would like to think of themselves as the company that was established by South Africans that are tired of being told what price is fair.
“This price we offer all our clients is one that was calculated to give the best value for money as well as allow the company to sustainably roll out better services and prices as our client base grows,” Matshatshe said.
Those who want to throw their hat in the ring to be among the 1,000 to receive a free installation should send an e-mail to [email protected] with the following details:
- The area, e.g. Gauteng, Midrand, Vorna Valley (street address optional);
- Name(s) of interested people
- Contact number(s)