DStv partners with MTN to launch internet service in South Africa

MultiChoice Group has launched a fixed-wireless Internet access service called DStv Internet in South Africa offering three data packages designed for streaming media. The service is aimed at consumers who do not have access to fibre services.

According to Multichoice, DStv Internet is a fixed-wireless-access service, meaning that customers can now get connected to the Internet with a Sim card and Wi-Fi router. Customers can choose from three data packages: 25GB, 110GB and 220GB. The company has selected MTN South Africa as its network partner, presumably after a competitive bidding process.

It has to be noted that DStv Internet does not require a DStv subscription and can be used on a standalone basis to access the Internet. It also includes a new, premium service called DStv Trusted Home, an AI-driven network security and Wi-Fi management solution developed jointly by MultiChoice’s digital platform security subsidiary Irdeto, and Minim, which develops “intelligent networking” products.

As part of the launch of DStv Internet, the first 20 000 customers will receive a free 12-month subscription to the DStv Trusted Home app. After 12 months, customers will have the chance to opt out or add a monthly charge of $2 to their DStv Internet bill.