Recently, the telecoms regulator, POTRAZ, slashed the cost of Virtual Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT) annual landing rights fees from $1,500 to $30 for C and Ku Band, and $20 for Ka Band respectively.
Just after this change, one Internet provider, iWayAfrica, adjusted the prices of its VSAT packages, something that will likely be done by other internet providers as they try to stay competitive especially in a very price sensitive market.
But, that won’t be the only change to VSAT packages. TelOne just introduced a zero-rated off-peak browsing option for all paid up Ka Band clients. Set to run for the month of September, it offers free off-peak browsing from 10 pm to 4 am.
Besides acting as a way of mobilising VSAT clients to pay up their accounts (it’s one of the challenges of an illiquid economy) this promo looks like TelOne’s attempt at matching the iWayAfrica VSAT service which also comes with free browsing from 11 pm to 6 am.
It’s safe to say that the iWayAfrica offer easily trumps the TelOne promo and its free access also scores points for being a standard offer, which won’t end at the end of this month.