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Telkom LIT: zero-rated streaming on FreeMe packages

Telkom has announced Telkom LIT (don’t say “fam”), an initiative to zero-rate streaming services on selected FreeMe mobile data packages.

The company confirmed that free music streaming on Google Play Music, Apple Music and Simfy Africa would apply to 2GB FreeMe packages and above.

Want zero-rated video streaming too? Then you’ll want a 5GB FreeMe package or better. Zero-rated video streaming applies to Showmax, Netflix, YouTube and Google Play.

In case you forgot, Telkom’s 2GB FreeMe deal costs R149, while the 5GB deal will set you back R299. Unfortunately, the 1GB FreeMe package isn’t included in the zero-rated malarkey.

Meanwhile, the network has also taken the liberty of launching an Android streaming box, dubbed LIT TV, to go with the announcement. The company confirmed that the R1099 box would offer compatibility with the Google Play Store and Chromecast support.

It’s far from the first major announcement from Telkom in recent weeks. Just last month, the company revealed a major overhaul of its uncapped ADSL/fibre packages.

The overhaul sees consumers getting free calls to other Telkom landlines, a higher fair usage policy and a minimum of 1GB of mobile data.

Telkom LIT launches on 1 September, with the streaming box launching next month as well.

Update: A Telkom representative has confirmed that video streaming under Telkom LIT is limited to standard definition.

Author | Hadlee Simons

Hadlee Simons
Terrible puns make Hadlee Simons difficult to work with, but he brings over seven years of tech journalism experience to the table. When he's not at work or watching motorsport, he's in the foetal position on a jiu jitsu mat. More