AirFibre from MTN innovates to cross the digital cost divide, bringing fibre-quality internet to all South Africans

AirFibre from MTN innovates to cross the digital cost divide, bringing fibre-quality internet to all South Africans

MTN today announced the launch of its Supersonic AirFibre offering, an innovative product that overcomes distance and a lack of infrastructure in urban, township and rural communities to bring fibre-quality connectivity to more households across the country.

“We are breaking down the traditional barriers to entry that have denied many access to a modern, connected life”, says Calvin Collett, Managing Director of MTN SA’s ISP: Supersonic. “From Soweto to Swellendam, we believe that every household deserves the speed and benefits of fibre-like connectivity, and through AirFibre we believe we can achieve this”.

Supersonic AirFibre will bring high-speed, inexpensive, and uncapped connectivity solutions to areas in which traditional fibre installations are not available. Built on unlicensed spectrum, the solution was designed, built and is maintained by MTN’s technology team to deliver a network quality that is in line with MTN’s standards, at affordable rates.

Due to the current major lack of available spectrum, MTN has located unlicensed spectrum – a readily available resource – and combined it with innovative technology now available to effectively leverage open spectrum. This is something that was previously not possible or stable.

“Our Supersonic AirFibre offering is in line with our track record of optimising frequency bands. Previously, we have undertaken this approach through the allocation of repurposed bands for 2G mobile services (using GSM technology) as well as a new generation of mobile technologies, including third generation (using UMTS) technology and fourth-generation (using LTE) technology,” says Collett.

Among AirFibre’s advantages are that it can be speedily installed as no trenching is required as is the case with traditional fibre. By subscribing to the service, customers will have access to the new technology that equals that of a full-fibre installation.

“With pricing set from a competitive R399 for 5Mbps Uncapped, AirFibre, which enables multiple users to connect through a single account using the Wi-Fi router that comes as part of the package, is a boon for the ‘new normal’ where communities need to balance life in a pandemic. With schooling, entertainment and work all happening at home, AirFibre offers always-on reliable connectivity, an innovation that we hope will do its part to fuel our economy to bounce back to growth by bringing digital to all,” says Collett.

Supersonic AirFibre will be made available in areas where customers register their demand for the offering. “This approach allows us to be flexible to our customers needs and gives us the freedom to deploy the solution in the areas that want and need it most. Customers can register their demand for Supersonic AirFibre: here

Launch costs of Supersonic AirFibre are:

R399 for 5Mbps uncapped
R499 for 10Mbps uncapped
R599 for 20Mbps uncapped
R799 for 50Mbps uncapped
R999 for 100Mbps uncapped

“By farming spectrum, and now, through Supersonic AirFibre, we are rising to the challenge of providing additional value-added services for our customers. We are connecting the unconnected with the same speed and quality benefits that all our customers enjoy on MTN’s BOZZA network as we work tirelessly to innovate, digitalise and ensure that no one is left behind in the digital revolution. The major differentiator for our customers is that there are no geographical limitations on access through a device”, concludes Collett.

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