ADSL vs. FTTH: a price war

ADSL vs. FTTH a price war

Fibre-to-the-home networks are being rolled out in most major cities in South Africa, and many residential users are now experiencing broadband speeds of up to 1Gbps.

Fibrehoods announced in September it was expanding its aerial fibre-to-the-home network to additional suburbs in Gauteng, including Beverly Gardens, Bryanston, and Kensington.

Metrofibre Networx has also announced the launch of new fibre-to-the-home services in Sunninghill and Barbeque Downs.

These areas complement numerous other neighbourhoods where FTTH is available from Telkom, Vumatel, Smart Village, MTN, and other providers.

Uncapped prices: Fibre versus ADSL

Many Internet Service Providers are offering uncapped services over these open-access fibre networks.

One of the advantages of fibre over ADSL access is that subscribers do not have to pay analogue line rental, which shows in the products’ pricing.

The table below details prominent uncapped FTTH and ADSL products, ranked by price.

Uncapped broadband prices
Company Service Access Speed Data cap Total monthly price
Vox Telecom FTTH 4Mbps Uncapped R499
Smart Village FTTH 4Mbps Uncapped R584
XDSL FTTH 4Mbps Uncapped R599
MWEB ADSL 4Mbps Uncapped R638
MWEB FTTH 4Mbps Uncapped R699
Telkom ADSL 4Mbps Uncapped R774
Greencom FTTH 10Mbps Uncapped R684
Smart Village FTTH 10Mbps Uncapped R899
MWEB ADSL 10Mbps Uncapped R1,088
Telkom ADSL 10Mbps Uncapped R1,188
Cool Ideas FTTH 20Mbps Uncapped R799
XDSL FTTH 20Mbps Uncapped R799
Smart Village FTTH 20Mbps Uncapped R1,223
MWEB VDSL 20Mbps Uncapped R1,587
Telkom VDSL 20Mbps Uncapped R1,787
Smart Village FTTH 40Mbps Uncapped R1,439
MWEB VDSL 40Mbps Uncapped R2,487
Telkom VDSL 40Mbps Uncapped R2,587

This article originally appeared on MyBroadband and is republished with permission.

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