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MTN Zambia Launches HomePack Data Bundles

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Recently beating Airtel Zambia as leading mobile network provider, it seems MTN is on a roll with service provision. The just introduced the HomePack data bundle that is meant for home use because to be honest, a lot of us need internet access away from the office.

According to a press statement, MTN Zambia Head of Enterprise Business Unit Mark Townsend stated that “The internet has now become a necessity and its access must be at anybody’s convenience. It should not be a preserve of only a privileged few but a commodity to be accessed anywhere anytime. Our MTN HomePack enables families to access the internet in the comfort of their homes. To make it user friendly, we have categorised the bundles into four (4) HomePack 10, HomePack 20, HomePack 30 and HomePack Unlimited. We believe that the four data bundles cover everyone at home from the hardworking father to the busy mother and the student.”

However, a HomePack data bundle can only be used with special 4G routers, which are quite expensive in Zambia, until he clarified and added that MTN has affordable routers (K1600 to be exact) that people can get from their service centres. Marketing two products now, are we?

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MTN sells the Huawei B593s LTE Router features:HSDPA up to 21.6Mbps, Dual internal antenna, Micro SD Card, 4G LTE

Mr Townsend also added that “the days of waiting for hours on end for music, pictures or videos to load online are long gone with MTN’s LTE service. It will significantly transform the way you interact with the world.” We hope so.

What are the prices? 

HomePack 10  – 10GB. You use 3GB during the day and 7GB in the night and during weekends for 30 days. Price: K250.

HomePack 20 – 20GB. You use 5GB during the day and 15GB in the night and during weekends for 30 days. Price: K450.

HomePack30 – 30GB out of which 10GB is for use in the daytime and 20GB for night and weekend use for 30 days. Price: K670.

Unlimited HomePack which is capped at 15GB at only K840 for 30 days’ subscription.

The last one raised an eyebrow by putting ‘unlimited’ and ‘capped’  in the same sentence. Clearly unlimited has lost its old meaning of referring to something without limited. Telecoms companies are now using the term to refer to a premium data service that appears to offer more but may end up being throttled after the capped limit has been reached. No fingers pointed here.

It’s great that the larger part of the bundle is at night when most people are actually home and want to use the plan. However, if your browsing needs comprise streaming and downloads, you may have to brace yourself and pay for much larger bundles eventually.

Image Credits: ClipArts, MTN