Orange Horizons is planning to soft-launch ADSL services in South Africa, with technical testing of the broadband services said to have already begun, MyBroadband reports. Sebastien Crozier, the CEO of the French telco’s international development unit, disclosed: ‘Customers are going to receive an e-mail telling them they have an opportunity to choose Orange as an ISP’, adding that those invited to the trial will be offered something ‘quite interesting’. While the initial launch date for introducing Orange as an ISP in the country was slated for the end of 2015 (subsequently pushed back to Q1 2016), the CEO now said that the company does not have a fixed launch date.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in November 2014 Orange Horizons disclosed that it planned an imminent launch of a free Wi-Fi service in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain. Crozier said at the time that the project will be rolled out in two phases – the first stage of the project will offer free Wi-Fi to anyone in the areas, while in the second phase of the project Orange will offer some paid-for offers along with free Wi-Fi.