About 2 weeks ago, we wrote about TelOne’s switching from the uncapped but throttled model of billing to a prepaid capped one for the ADSL product. The previous model was not something of their choosing; the circumstance that forced it on them was the lack of a proper billing system to measure data allocation and capping.
Today, details of the billing system were unveiled by the company that sold it to TelOne. On the sidelines of the ongoing AfricaCom conference in South Africa, FTS, a provider of billing systems announced that TelOne has successfully implemented its Leap Billing system. The release quotes TelOne CEO Hampton Mhlanga as saying that the new billing system will help TelOne increase its revenues. We can’t argue with that ofcourse.
Statements from FTS CEO in the release also indicate that the new billing system will enable TelOne to provide customers with a single bill summarising all services they use like the fixed telephony, ADSL and CDMA telephony. From our observations when we visited TelOne this week, this integration work may still be ongoing.
Despite now implementing the capping system on the service, TelOne remains the lowest priced fixed broadband internet service in Zimbabwe. The company’s ADSL service starts at US $30 a month for a 10GB data bundle coming on a 256Kbps pipe.
Here’s a link to the full press release.