Safaricom has today, May 5, 2015 launched a TV decoder with free Internet connectivity for 6 months. The decoder known as the BigBox will enable customers’ access Safaricom’s extensive 3G and 4G data network and view TV content. Subscribers will also get an opportunity to leverage from free YouTube streaming for three months.
The BigBox is an advanced set top box in the market with an Android platform and is the first product that the telecommunication firm has optimized for growing its 4G network. .The decoder will offer subscribers access to several TV channels in High Definition (HD) format.
“Our vision is to enable a differentiated broadband Internet solution that will enable our subscribers to harness the power of the internet to watch new and exciting content from anywhere in the world from the comfort of their homes,” remarked Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore.
The decoders can also serve as a Wi-Fi hot spot for up to ten users, supporting data heavy applications and making it the market’s first wholesome internet product that caters for enormous number of customers looking for an integrated entertainment home solution.
Speaking at the event, Safaricom GM Consumer Business, Sylvia Mulinge stated “The BigBox is inspired by our continued focus to democratize data use across all segments of the society. The DVB-2 device will be available in all Safaricom retail shops across the country.
The BigBox will be available to subscribers through two payment plan methods. The first method will allow customers access the set-top box through a 6 month installment plan that will cost them an initial of KES4, 999 with an additional KES999 charged monthly for 6 months. The other option for subscribers is the one-off payment plan of KES9, 999. Both packages comprises of free-to-air channels ,an allocation of up to 6GB bundle free per month for 6 months and free YouTube streaming. Subscribers can also opt for monthly internet bundles of up to 50GB for just KES 4,000 which can be paid using one’s airtime or M-PESA predefined WAP interfaces and USSD.
To pay for monthly subscription charges, one can dial *422# or visit Safaricom bundle webpage, www.safaricom.com/bundles on the BigBox.
Safaricom’s 4G network has been connected in Nairobi and Mombasa as the company plans to spread to other counties. On May 7, 2015, the big telecommunication firm unleashed its end year results net profit that hit 38% to record KES32bn.