5G Home Internet is available from Vodacom, MTN, and Rain in South Africa.
This essentially functions as an alternative to fibre, ADSL, or fixed LTE, and promises high speeds and uncapped data.
When compared to fibre connectivity, 5G Home Internet is an alternative that can be justified financially, as it is priced similarly to fibre.
Rain’s unlimited home 5G premium product costs R999 per month and offers uncapped usage and unlimited speeds, and for this price, you are likely to be able to purchase a 50Mbps fibre connection.
MTN offers three 5G packages, with two of these being uncapped options – R1,249 per month for a 24-month contract, or R999 per month for a 36-month plan.
Vodacom offers high-data, capped 5G products that comprise the following pricing:
- 400GB – R799
- 600GB – R999
- 800GB – R1,199
It is worth noting that all packages across all three providers come with a router for no additional charge.
Pricing compared globally
While these prices are comparable with fibre, many South Africans may be curious to learn how they compare globally.
Therefore, we compared South Africa’s 5G home packages to those available around the world – specifically focusing on the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand.
It is interesting to note that there are not many networks in these countries which have rolled out 5G packages for home use – with most focusing primarily on deals for smartphone users.
However, we came across one mobile network operator in each country which does offer 5G package for home use.
Because 5G rollout is still in its infancy, it is perhaps unsurprising that the pricing of these packages varies greatly according to country.
Of the four aforementioned countries and South Africa, the UK clearly offers the cheapest 5G home products through its Three network, which charges its customers just 29 pounds per month for uncapped 5G home connectivity.
On the other end of the pricing spectrum, it costs over $95 to get a 5G home package that allows you to consume over 120GB per month.
South Africa’s pricing is situated comfortably between these two figures.
The pricing of 5G home Internet in the US, UK, Australia, NZ, and South Africa is compared below.
|5G Home Internet pricing|
|Country||Network provider||Cap||Price (in own currency)||Price (Converted to Rand)|
|South Africa||MTN||75GB + 75GB||R749||R749|
|US||Verizon (If customer has phone contract)||Uncapped||$50||R812,28|
|New Zealand||Spark||Up to 60GB||NZ $75||R814.05|
|New Zealand||Spark||Up to 120GB||NZ $85||R922.59|
|New Zealand||Spark||Over 120GB||NZ $95||R1,031.13|
|US||Verizon (If customer does not have phone contract)||Uncapped||$70||R1,137.19|