Vumatel comes under fire for high fibre prices

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Vumatel comes under fire for high fibre prices

Vumatel is facing criticism for its high fibre prices, but the company says it is necessary for a sustainable business model.

Fibre prices made headlines after Openserve implemented free speed upgrades and price cuts on its wholesale fibre and copper products.

Internet service providers (ISPs) were quick to pass these benefits to subscribers who now enjoy higher speeds and, in some cases, lower prices.
 

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...maybe we should start a new movement here...Costing Culture. Cost everyone who isn't following some other company's lead and giving us better pricing.
Frogfoot have also not dropped their pricing by the by. Wish they would!
 

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...maybe we should start a new movement here...Costing Culture. Cost everyone who isn't following some other company's lead and giving us better pricing.
Frogfoot have also not dropped their pricing by the by. Wish they would!
Yeah, also hoping they give us some love.
 

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Short answer, while no alternative is available, Vumatel can charge what they like. It is unlikely to change anytime, unfortunately.

While our area is going to go live with fibre fairly soon, which I'm excited for, it is with Vumatel.
 

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Sustainable business? That's BS you install more lines you can get more business, you install more lines you get more money. You increase prices you don't get more lines? I mean is this the typical SA attitude? You see it with everything here, we're not selling enough, increase the prices.
 

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This sort of raises an interesting question actually.

Yes, Vumatel are coming under fire for being more expensive than Openserve now, and rightfully so. Question in my head though, Is Openserve maybe not playing the standard Telkom monopoly type of game and undercutting their own cost base in a price war type of scenario to muscle out other players in areas where their is shared infrastructure?
 

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Vumatel comes under fire for high fibre prices

Vumatel is facing criticism for its high fibre prices, but the company says it is necessary for a sustainable business model.

Fibre prices made headlines after Openserve implemented free speed upgrades and price cuts on its wholesale fibre and copper products.

Internet service providers (ISPs) were quick to pass these benefits to subscribers who now enjoy higher speeds and, in some cases, lower prices.

These prices are, however, only available to people using Openserve’s infrastructure. If you are on Vumatel, your cheapest option is R749 for a 10Mbps service.

Not true ?

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Short answer, while no alternative is available, Vumatel can charge what they like. It is unlikely to change anytime, unfortunately.

While our area is going to go live with fibre fairly soon, which I'm excited for, it is with Vumatel.
It could be worse.
 

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Ive seen VUMA specials, ive seen OPENSERVE specials, but i have never heard or seen a OCTOTEL price drop.... i am literally on hold waiting for it to move over to fibre, but doesnt look like they gonna crack
 

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Somebody needs to pay for all the surveillance cameras vumatel put up.
 

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Openserve is stupid tbh.

You have an upper hand in the market now.

Why aren't you aggressively pushing your products?

My parents live in a "apartheid people of colour area". It is considered a middle class area with many homes having dstv subscriptions.

There are also telephone lines in the area. Where they could deploy ariel fibre.

But no... All of you fibre providers stick to 1 ****ing area. I even got 12 houses to register their interest but that clearly wasn't enough.

I became fed up with trying to get YOU business & got my folks to sign up with Telkom (Afrihost).

There are many areas in SA being neglected and a lot of these homes can afford Openserve prices.

I am now try to convince neighbours to register their interest in Mtn sky Wifi.

Mtn why am I doing YOUR job for you?

Can you not post your marketing brochures to my neighbourhood with all information?
 

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Somebody needs to pay for all the surveillance cameras vumatel put up.
Residents do, through a monthly levy. VT do not install the camera's until they have enough people signed up (either through RA's or security companies operating in the area).
 

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Sustainable business? That's BS you install more lines you can get more business, you install more lines you get more money. You increase prices you don't get more lines? I mean is this the typical SA attitude? You see it with everything here, we're not selling enough, increase the prices.
If Frogfoot moves the price of 10mbps to R700. I will be moving to 4g/5g plans.

They are making Fibre an unattractive option in this country.
 

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Openserve is stupid tbh.

You have an upper hand in the market now.

Why aren't you aggressively pushing your products?

My parents live in a "apartheid people of colour area". It is considered a middle class area with many homes having dstv subscriptions.

There are also telephone lines in the area. Where they could deploy ariel fibre.

But no... All of you fibre providers stick to 1 ****ing area. I even got 12 houses to register their interest but that clearly wasn't enough.

I became fed up with trying to get YOU business & got my folks to sign up with Telkom (Afrihost).

There are many areas in SA being neglected and a lot of these homes can afford Openserve prices.

I am now try to convince neighbours to register their interest in Mtn sky Wifi.

Mtn why am I doing YOUR job for you?

Can you not post your marketing brochures to my neighbourhood with all information?

Just for reference on this front.

I think it took us getting around 70% "interest" in our area of around 2000 houses+ before we even saw any official movement from a FNO in terms of a fibre rollout in the area, so your twelve houses doesn't even scratch the surface of the interest they need to see before spending a cent in an area.
 

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While everyone is bashing Vumatel please remember that without Vumatel having started the whole FTTH initiative we would not be in the situation of having so many choices. Also remember that they were the FNO that launched the double speed promotion last year that most other FNO's followed with Openserve not even giving it to all of their customers.
 

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BS non-explanation. It's typical SA monopolistic price gouging. I'll be moving to Rain + Cell C. Vumatel take this __|__
 

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without all of us paying these kak prices they certainly couldnt offer that R299 vuma reach packages yes. the prices are only going up...

if i recall correctly its a 20/10 @ R299
 
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