- Oct 16, 2018
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Fiber pricing needs to be halved, at least.
South Africa has the most affordable 1Gbps fibre internet on the African continent and more coverage with lower prices than places like Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand has a cheaper 1Gbps service but the coverage is comparison to SA is like a needle in a haystack.
@NAPAfrica has really been a pillar keeping prices on the downward trend with free local peering.
I compare North American provider Comcast with their Xfinity offering since it's the most popular offering in the US. $80 gives you 1Gbps with terms. Remove the terms and that shoots up to $90 and then add another $30 to remove the 1.2TB FUP they apply. You probably looking at round between $100-$130 (~R1620) for a truly uncapped 1Gbps package on them.
Also remember that they host almost all of the content. Between NA, EU and Asia which hosts everything they are probably on the high end of the scale since it's Google, Facebook, Twitter HQ for example not to mention games like Riot Games and others like Epic Games Fortnite. The content they don't get locally is only ~70ms away from US East to EU West with a choice of so many cables and transit routes competing on price.
Now SA served by only about 8 cables and we can still manage to beat the price per month on a truly uncapped, unshaped, unthrottled 1Gbps service in SA. I think we might have reached a lower limit but it would be nice to have it reduced to just the below R1000 mark. Hopefully one day when FNOs start competing more and more cables drop it would improve but for now we are very well priced compared to rest of the world if you take into account our location.
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Xfinity 1Gbps terms and FUP.
Just get something you can afford.South Africa doenst have a choice.
We need to improve our GDP, two ways that can happen overnight
Decrease the cost of data from fiber to mobile by 50%
Decrease the cost of petrol by 75% (subsidies)
And the SA economy will be the leader in the emerging markets.