High-speed DSL now cheaper than Vumatel 10Mbps fibre

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High-speed DSL now cheaper than Vumatel 10Mbps fibre

Vumatel fibre customers are up in arms about the prices of the network operators' fibre offerings, which are now significantly more expensive than its main rival Openserve.

This comes after the latter announced big price cuts and speed increases on its wholesale fibre prices for ISPs.
 
Those DSL speeds are all hypothetical, and assume you are close to an exchange or fibre cabinet. And DSL is slated for phase-out...
 
High-speed DSL now cheaper than Vumatel 10Mbps fibre

Vumatel fibre customers are up in arms about the prices of the network operators' fibre offerings, which are now significantly more expensive than its main rival Openserve.

This comes after the latter announced big price cuts and speed increases on its wholesale fibre prices for ISPs.
Pointless article is pointless...as usual.

Stop trying to be sensationalist re. this sudden vendetta against Vumatel.
 
Why wouldn't DSL be cheaper than FTTH, I expect as much. The infrastructure should have been paid off years ago.
Considering they have to replace stolen copper all the time they've likely paid for it 100 times over and continue to do so.
 
Those DSL speeds are all hypothetical, and assume you are close to an exchange or fibre cabinet. And DSL is slated for phase-out...
Even better if it's being phased out. Paves the way for Openserve fibre and a way out of the Vumatel monopoly...
 
That's odd I have Vumatel Fibre and it's cheaper than DSL, got 40mbps for R529, while fibre was being rolled out Telkom called to offer me an amazing offer 10mbps Fibre for R399.

This is on Vuma Reach, though so won't get any faster speeds than 40mbps for a while, but it's a helluva lot better than paying 900+ for 20mbps DSL
 
Vumatel will not succeed with current pricing. Yes, some customers will remain with them because no other Fibre networks are in their area, but this will go the same route as Telkom. Once other players enters their territory it's bye bye Vumatel.
It still feels similar to the old telkom days, where we were hostage to telkom whims, no matter which ISP you chose. I live on a theoretical border, behind me they have Octotel and Vvumatel to choose from and where I stay only Vumatel. And it is the richer part of the neighbourhood that has access to cheaper fibre.
 
I actually find the article interesting.

Openserve has an extensive copper network around SA. You can get 20Mbps ADSL in a small town that doesn't even have a bank where fibre is likely not an option anytime soon.

Also interesting how ADSL made a full 360 from forcing analogue line rental to Naked DSL and then price drops to such an extent that you daily bread and milk costs more than your 5Mbps uncapped, unshaped ADSL connection a month.
 
That's odd I have Vumatel Fibre and it's cheaper than DSL, got 40mbps for R529, while fibre was being rolled out Telkom called to offer me an amazing offer 10mbps Fibre for R399.

This is on Vuma Reach, though so won't get any faster speeds than 40mbps for a while, but it's a helluva lot better than paying 900+ for 20mbps DSL
So you're in Soweto or Mitchells plain? No one there will pay a grand for fiber, but for where Vumatel rolls out for a lot they'll have no choice but to.
 
That's odd I have Vumatel Fibre and it's cheaper than DSL, got 40mbps for R529, while fibre was being rolled out Telkom called to offer me an amazing offer 10mbps Fibre for R399.

This is on Vuma Reach, though so won't get any faster speeds than 40mbps for a while, but it's a helluva lot better than paying 900+ for 20mbps DSL
Vuma Reach doesn't count.
 
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