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MTN South Africa slashes broadband price

South Africa-based telecommunications service provider MTN has reduced the price of broadband.

The 500MB cellphone broadband will now retail at R49 from R189 (US$ 23.06) on a monthly basis for a duration of two years, with 14.4Mbps MTN [email protected] E352 modem.

The company’s competitor Vodacom South Africa MyMeg 500 costs R 149(US$18.18), Cell C R69 (US$8.42) per and 8ta 650MB on Internet 1 at R150(US$18.30) per month.

According to World Wide Worx , South African 2011 Internet access report released in June this year; the number of subscribers using the Internet rose to 25 percent in 2011 to 8.5 million while in 2010 the growth was 28 percent.

Some 7.9 million South Africans use cellphones in accessing the Internet while 6.02 million use laptop, computers or tablets. World Wide Worx Managing Director Arthur Goldstuck said that Internet access in the country was growing at an alarming rate.

This year’s report will record an improvement too, according to Goldstuck. After MTN’s move, it’s expected that other service providers including Cell C, Vodacom and 8ta will come up with aggressive promotional offers to acquire a competitive edge.

More than 29 million people in South Africa now use Mobile phones, as reported by Nielsenwire.

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