Over the last few months South Africa has seen more ADSL and mobile broadband promotions than ever before. Telkom, MWEB, 8ta, Vodacom, MTN and Cell C are all running specials which offer consumers significant savings over standard broadband prices.
In the ADSL market Telkom is setting the pace with its “awesome” entry level ADSL promotion. For R169 per month users get 1Mbps ADSL access, 5GB of data, a free Wi-Fi modem and free installation.
The Telkom entry level ADSL promotion is only available to new fast internet customers and is subject to signing a 24 month contract with a debit order instruction. This promotion ends 31 October 2012.
Telkom Internet has also invited qualifying Telkom Internet customers in designated areas to participate in the Telkom high-speed broadband pilot programme at no additional charge.
Broadband speeds of up to 40 Mbps will be tested in the pilot where Telkom has deployed new generation access network kits in five areas of three provinces in South Africa.
MWEB is currently offerings all ADSL users a free 7 day uncapped ADSL trial without any obligation. This trial is aimed at showing subscribers to “see why MWEB is the superior network”.
Mobile broadband deals
While ADSL offers better value for money now than ever before in South Africa, most of the promotional action is taking place in the mobile broadband arena.
8ta continues to offer its subscribers 10GB of mobile data for R199, and 60GB of data (+60GB after hours data) per year for R1800.
8ta has also invited its customers which reside within one of the LTE coverage areas across Gauteng to participate in the trial from 1 November 2012 until 31 March 2013 for free.
The LTE service offered for the trial will be a 50GB data bundle including an LTE enabled device and SIM card.
Not to be outdone, Telkom Business Mobile has launched its Data Max products, which include a 15GB offer for R249. This is currently the best priced mobile data service in South Africa.
Cell C is not sitting back, and has made late night Internet users happy with its GigaNite service, offering 10GB of data for R149 per month, and 20GB for R249 per month which can be used between midnight and 06:00.
Cell C’s ongoing 2GB for R99 deal also offers good value for money in the mid-level mobile broadband sector.
Even broadband in the sky is currently very cheap. Mango and G-Connect are celebrating the completion of the fleet roll-out by offering on-board connectivity at R1 for a day pass, and R2 for a week’s access pass during October, on all flights.
Other mobile deals include: