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    Dear fellows. Do you know where the mobile operators get the data they sell us? One customer care consultant admitted she didn't know but did confirm that, by forfeiting data, that's one of the ways her operator makes money. But where does this data originate from? The data they sell to us.

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    It's not data at all. You are paying for a share of the larger fixed-size bandwidth pipe to other networks. So what you call data is effectively transit or your share towards the cost of carrying large volumes of data from say a server to your device. Forfeiting "data" is not how the operator makes money per se. They do however make money on oversubscription. So if the overall pipe (a simplification) costs R100million per month and each of 1 million customers pay R200 per month, then the operator effectively brings in R200million - this covers the cost of the pipe and other things (salaries, marketing, promotion, amortisation of network equipment then profit for shareholders etc).

    The per-megabyte system of paying for "data" is just a convenient and "fair" way of billing you and limiting your usage to a fixed amount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gripen View Post
    It's not data at all. You are paying for a share of the larger fixed-size bandwidth pipe to other networks. So what you call data is effectively transit or your share towards the cost of carrying large volumes of data from say a server to your device. Forfeiting "data" is not how the operator makes money per se. They do however make money on oversubscription. So if the overall pipe (a simplification) costs R100million per month and each of 1 million customers pay R200 per month, then the operator effectively brings in R200million - this covers the cost of the pipe and other things (salaries, marketing, promotion, amortisation of network equipment then profit for shareholders etc).

    The per-megabyte system of paying for "data" is just a convenient and "fair" way of billing you and limiting your usage to a fixed amount.
    Wow thanks a lot for the very informative explanation

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncutshe View Post
    Dear fellows. Do you know where the mobile operators get the data they sell us? One customer care consultant admitted she didn't know but did confirm that, by forfeiting data, that's one of the ways her operator makes money. But where does this data originate from? The data they sell to us.
    you looking at data is a physical product, you should rather look at it as being more like Toll service (The real E-Toll ) charged for using the road on the information super highway
    Some times the internet is so slow, it would be faster to just fly to Google's headquarters and ask them this $h1t in person.!

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    Doesnt every single company that sells internet get their net from Telkom?

    Im sure they all buy from Telkom

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    Quote Originally Posted by ngadao08 View Post
    Doesnt every single company that sells internet get their net from Telkom?

    Im sure they all buy from Telkom
    nope, not most of them since other cable services started coming along
    Some times the internet is so slow, it would be faster to just fly to Google's headquarters and ask them this $h1t in person.!

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