eMedia Holdings’ Openview has partnered with Vodacom to bring Wi-Fi connectivity to homes that remain unserved by fibre networks. The Wi-Fi enabler (dongle) is known as Openview Connect.
The free-to-air satellite television provider said the Connect data dongle will drive increased connectivity for families across South Africa and act as a plug-and-play hotspot for Openview-enabled homes that wish to Get Connected and Stay Connected.
For a once-off fee of R599, Openview customers can enjoy up to 10 devices simultaneously connected with operating data rates of up to 150 Mbps speed on 4G LTE – lightning-fast compared to most home fibre connectivity options.
Besides providing instant access to news and information, eLearning platforms like Vodacom e-school, free-to-browse career websites for job seekers, and even parenting advice are all available free of data charges.
“With our business projections channeling us towards three million home activations in the near future, we believe that Openview Connect will upscale our product offering to both new and existing customers,” Mmatshipi Matebane, Openview Executive, explains.
“We welcome Vodacom on board and look forward to a fruitful partnership of two healthy properties.”
The partnership with Vodacom will also allow Openview customers to benefit from Vodacom’s ConnectU platform, which gives all customers on SA’s leading network access to specific zero-rated sites, such as jobs, education, health, and social portals, at no cost.
Rashid Tar-Mahomed, Managing Executive for Unbranded Channels at Vodacom, says: “Vodacom has connected millions of South Africans for over two decades and we are fully committed in forging ahead with our mission to democratise access to technology. Our vision is to be a leading techno business that connects everyone to critical information and resources for a better future.”
“With our core pillar of ‘Inclusion for All’, we always ensure we partner with like-minded brands who share our values about technology’s opportunity to enable innovation and inclusivity. We are excited to partner with Openview to help bridge the digital divide in this country and transform the lives of all South Africans.”
Currently enjoyed by over two million households nationwide, Openview has been a go-to family brand that ticks the boxes for obligation-free world-class entertainment and continues to deliver on the promise with Openview Connect.
Openview customers can RICA their Vodacom prepaid SIMs by downloading the My Vodacom App and clicking on the ‘Rica a Friend’ tab. They also have the option to RICA in person at any Vodacom participating outlet.