Openview, the free satellite television service and part of the eMedia Investments Group, has announced the launch of its wi-fi enabler (dongle) Openview Connect, in partnership with Vodacom as the prepaid mobile data provider.

Openview Connect will enable, through the Openview set-top box, wi-fi connectivity in homes that remain unserved by fibre networks.  It is poised to provide first access with a simple, practical solution

that brings immediate benefits to any Openview household that is not yet connected through fibre or other means.  Target homes can also benefit from wi-fi connectivity on a pay-as-you-go basis.

The Openview Connect data dongle will drive increased connectivity for families across South Africa and subsequently 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.

Rashid Tar-Mahomed, Managing Executive for Unbranded Channels at Vodacom, said, "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.”

The tangible benefits this connectivity can bring to communities across South Africa are multi-fold and life-changing. On a social level, Openview Connect can help households stay in touch with friends and family. 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.

Mmatshipi Matebane, Openview Executive, explained, " With our business projections channelling 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."

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.

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. This is in line with Vodacom's purpose to connect people to participate equally in a digital society.

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. The brand extension wi-fi connector will be available at leading retailers in South Africa.

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