Telkom's bizarre bandwidth prices

intel8080

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Telkom is right in one thing - most 3th world countries are having this very same issue. WTF
 

entrepr

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The reason for the pricing is simple competition economics - nothing to do with access and trenching costs: International bandwidth from Johannesburg can be procured from Seacom via KZN from multiple, competing providers, and therefore the prices are lower. Bandwidth to Cape Town is offered by very few providers, so is more expensive.
 

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"Internet apartheid"

/facepalm
I wish everyone could stop using the apartheid label to show unhappiness with something, its like a twist on Godwin's_law .

But more seriously, the argument Telkom uses would make sense if they were not talking about running from JB. local transit mechanisms and therefore local transit costs are used for the CT to JB part, perhaps not all the redundancy rings (although there are some in place), but the costs just don't make sense.
 

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It's Telkom what did you think. Any thing with the Telkom label on them does not make sence.
 

ToxicBunny

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They are trying to duck and dive the issue...

Thankfully we have a regulator that will take them to task over this BS, and make it rig.......... Oh wait, no we don't.
 

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Why are we striving to be a third world country. Why not instead go "ah ****, things arent going well. Lets fix it!" instead of "we're not the only ones that are useless so its ok". Its the same for most things that go wrong in south africa.

Education
social Development
long list....
 

kimbo

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Why are we striving to be a third world country. Why not instead go "ah ****, things arent going well. Lets fix it!" instead of "we're not the only ones that are useless so its ok". Its the same for most things that go wrong in south africa.

Education
social Development
long list....
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If they only fixed what was broken all this **** would never have happened, but no everything must be "fixed" They took a country that was working all they had to do, for the most part, was upkeep. But no, pocket the upkeep money and let it all go for the dogs. Everything now works like this .. pass the buck and pocket as much cash as you can. FCK the country
 

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The use of distance as a baseline for price comparisons on telecommunication services can be deceiving.
Obviously, local prices have to reflect Telkom inefficiencies like BEE and the fact that it has aggressive cANCer.

International link uses the best man for the job irrespective of skin color, hence more efficient and better prices.

The biggest gift Telkom can give this country is just by dying.
 

Franna

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This gives DFA and other national fiber installers just more incentives to compete and destroy Telkom in the local market.
 

plugger123

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Maybe one day wireless will be as reliable or more reliable than ADSL. Untill then it seems South Africa is stuck in 3rd world Internet hell.
 

Sodan

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It could be that I'm not understanding something, but it seems that the "explanation" does not explain this:

The clincher is that the cheaper Johannesburg and London link includes the Johannesburg – Cape Town link.
 
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