I have been using MWEB 4meg uncapped for over 2 years now and thought that if I waited until MWEB brought their 10meg uncapped pricing down, I would give it a go.
Currently MWEB's 10meg uncapped cost is = R999 + R425 = R1424 or All inclusive R1359
Afrihost's 10meg uncapped = R997 + R425 = R1422 or All inclusive R897 (OMG!)
For my test comparison, I used the MWEB 10meg uncapped vs the Afrihost free 1GB account. It is debatable whether this is a fair comparison or not but the Afrihost account should represent the best case scenario for uncapped right?
My ADSL stats:
Speed Attenuation Noise Margin
Down: 10015kbps 20.5 13.6
Up: 1023kbps 11.5 8.3
Local Line performance:
I understand that full 10meg throughput cannot be obtained on my current line sync. If you are to get full 10meg throughput, your line needs to synced at 11.8meg for more. This is due to ADSL overhead. Generally optimal throughput is between 83-87% of line sync speed.
International Line performance:
Do not have a screenshot of torrents speeds but on MWEB I can get to speeds of 1MB/sec while afrihost peaks at about 600kB/s.
Depending on what you use your line for, Afrihost has offers the best value for money only if you take out their all inclusive offer. MWEB has the premium "all-rounded" offering and is at a cost. Their all inclusive package does not incentivize to move your ADSL line over to your ISP. Hope this helps some of you making your decision.
I have witnessed that on MWEB, that running both torrents & http downloads have had a significant impact in total download speeds achieved. When running only one or the other will you achieve full speed. Also there seems to be a few minute cooldown when switching from the one to the other. ie. after http downloads and then switching to torrents, the torrents will lag for a few minutes before accelerating and also vice versa. (Also taking into account that torrents do require the download to be seeded before gaining speed). Anyone witnessed this?