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As of 31 July 2017, Ignite – the internet and communication technology services provider focused on South African SMEs – adds LTE-A services via the Rain network to its connectivity offering.

Now SMEs can select one of three month-to-month packages, and scale data up or down as requirements change:

  • LTE-A Starter – 55GB LTE-A for R549 per month incl. VAT
  • LTE-A Advanced – 85GB LTE-A for R799 per month incl. VAT
  • LTE-A Premium – 120GB LTE-A for R999 per month incl. VAT

Ignite’s first 250 LTE-A customers will pay just R999 for installation and setup fee, including a Huawei B618 router, discounted from the standard fee of R1,999.

“LTE-A connectivity is an attractive proposition for SMEs that need fibre-like Internet speeds, as well as the flexibility of quick service set-up,” says Tony Koutakis, Executive Head of Ignite.

“Fast, easy installation and improved mobile network coverage means that LTE-A offers SMEs distinct advantages over ADSL or fibre networks.”

SMEs can enjoy speeds of up to 100Mbps, depending on their distance from the nearest tower and congestion on the network. There are currently 750 active base stations in Rain’s LTE-A network, which extends across South Africa’s major metropolitan centres, and this number is expected to reach 5,000 base stations as early as 2018.

Top-up data is available via Ignite’s self-service portal:

  • 1 GB – R35 incl. VAT
  • 2 GB – R59 incl. VAT
  • 3 GB – R80 incl. VAT
  • 5 GB – R115 incl. VAT
  • 10 GB – R205 incl. VAT
  • 20 GB – R345 incl. VAT

Like most of the services available through Ignite, there is no contractual lock-in as LTE-A connectivity is billed month-to-month.

“SMEs often have lean, low-cost operations where decisions are made quickly, and even on-the-go. We built Ignite to mirror the agility and quick-to-market ethos of our clients, and as promised, we’re adding services through partners that have a similar philosophy,” says Koutakis.

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