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    Default We might pay a bit more...

    ... but it doesn't look like we're far off in the speed department:

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/n...advertised.ars
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    * DSL speed up to 8.0Mbps
    * Unlimited calls
    * Activation fee: $39.95
    (eligible for rebate)
    * $69.95/month*
    That's 500 bucks for (according to the article) a 4 meg connection with unlimited phone calls.

    There is just no damn comparison I feel.

    Can find nothing of caps anywhere.

    How much would we have to fork out for the equivalent?

    'A bit more' doesn't sound quite right to me.
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    Yeah 'bit more' was said in jest.
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    There's no comparison.

    In London I paid less then the equivelant of R900 a month for 20 meg (reality was around 11meg) uncapped (genuinely so, no FUP) with HD satellite TV, with an HD PVR, phone line, line rental and an international calling package.

    There is just no comparing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by randomguy View Post
    There's no comparison.

    In London I paid less then the equivelant of R900 a month for 20 meg (reality was around 11meg) uncapped (genuinely so, no FUP) with HD satellite TV, with an HD PVR, phone line, line rental and an international calling package.

    There is just no comparing!
    Did your ISP have to provision that 11mbps on one of two undersea cables at north of R1000 per mbps just to give you a useable internet experience? Didn't think so.

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    Did you see the New America Foundation's prototype Schumer Box for broadband customers? It does have FUP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Icarium View Post
    Did your ISP have to provision that 11mbps on one of two undersea cables at north of R1000 per mbps just to give you a useable internet experience? Didn't think so.
    True. Africa- the dark continent. Still

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    This link is also interesting. Maximum and average speeds in the UK are (50%) lower than the advertised speed. As the previous link mentioned, services are advertised as "connection speed of up to 4mbps", except it's not emphasized like that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Icarium View Post
    Did your ISP have to provision that 11mbps on one of two undersea cables at north of R1000 per mbps just to give you a useable internet experience? Didn't think so.
    It costs me as much to rent a 4MB line from Telkom with phone line as it does to pay for 4MB of uncapped bandwidth to the rest of the world. Which do you think should cost more - the trip to my local exchange, or the trip from the local exchange to the rest of the world?

    So yes, it is comparable. If Telkom didnt rape us with connection charges, we wouldnt be paying that much more.

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    Guys, these discussions of comparing us (middle income country) with the rest of the high income world is just getting boring by the day. Talk about Kenya (low income) or Botswana (also classified as middle income) rather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Icarium View Post
    Did your ISP have to provision that 11mbps on one of two undersea cables at north of R1000 per mbps just to give you a useable internet experience? Didn't think so.
    Was that the subject of the article or the subject of this discussion?

    Perhaps try to stay within the context.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smiley_lauf View Post
    Guys, these discussions of comparing us (middle income country) with the rest of the high income world is just getting boring by the day. Talk about Kenya (low income) or Botswana (also classified as middle income) rather.

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    I think we are far behind in speeds to many developing countries,lack of competition doesn't help at all

    http://www.tataindicombroadband.in/tariffs.html

    Everyone talking upwards of 100mbps

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