Last week, we wrote that Africom was giving away free bandwidth to subscribers. Free, not because Africom loves giving away internet gratis, but some “outstanding integration aspects” sort of forced them into this not so desirable situation.
Today we got a message from Africom. They’re basically suspending adding more customers until these “outstanding integration aspects” have been fixed. We can’t say we didn’t see this coming. The lucky ones among you, the early adopters who didn’t hesitate to subscribe when the service launched, will not be affected.
The message reads:
We are deferring the loading more customers on the network to allow for new services to be added and integrated onto the network platform. Current users will not be affected; however there will be an opportunity to upgrade your packages to enjoy the new services which are coming with the integration.
Reading between the lines you can of course see the real reason is probably that internet is an expensive commodity and Africom understandably can’t just keep signing on more subscribers for free. Especially now that people know they can surf for free. We somehow feel responsible for this. So, sorry folks.
The new services referred to here might be the mobile telephony we’ve heard Africom is going to launch soon. Remember the MiBudget and MiHome packages we mentioned briefly in October? This might be it. Econet, Telecel, NetOne; prepare to make a good run for your money!