Uncapped, high speed broadband is the Holy Grail in the Internet access market. In the developed world unlimited high speed Internet access has become commonplace with symmetrical 1 Gbps connections setting the standard in countries like Japan and Hong Kong.
Over the last few years South African broadband subscribers have become accustomed to broadband speeds of between 384 Kbps and 7.2 Mbps with typical monthly usage limits of between 500 MB and 5 GB. SEACOM is however starting to change bandwidth pricing in the country, and various Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have dropped their per-GB pricing and launched more affordable uncapped services.
Uncapped ADSL for cheaper
Newcomers in the ADSL market DigiChilli and Screamer Telecoms have launched low-end yet affordable uncapped services with advertised speeds ranging between 256 Kbps and 512 Kbps. Vodacom Business has also entered the uncapped ADSL space with its 4 Mbps uncapped service at around R2700 per month.
The leader in the uncapped ADSL market, Internet Solutions did not sit back to see its market share deteriorate and launched a few innovative uncapped offerings of its own, including its Uncapped Express+ ADSL accounts offering users unlimited after hours usage.
The following table provides an overview of some of the more prominent uncapped ADSL offerings in the market:
384 Kbps and lower Uncapped ADSL
|DigiChilli Uncapped||256 Kbps Guaranteed||None||R300|
|SAOL Simply Uncapped||384 Kbps||None||R347 (R499 all-in-one)|
|Screamer Telecoms ADSL Unlimited||384 Kbps||None||R399|
|OpenWeb’s Half-Month Uncapped||128 Kbps (4 Mbps after hours)||–Only works from 15th of each month
–Weekday speeds of 128kbps
–After hours speeds of 4 Mbps
|Axxess 4Mb Uncapped Express+||384 Kbps (4 Mbps after hours)||–10 Day Rolling Threshold of 5 GB
–Unlimited after hours
|OpenWeb IS Express Uncapped ADSL||384 Kbps||–10-day Threshold 5GB
–Monthly Threshold 15GB
512 Kbps Uncapped ADSL
|Screamer Telecoms ADSL Unlimited||512 Kbps||None||R799|
|DigiChilli Uncapped||512 Guaranteed||None||R1000|
|OpenWeb IS Express Uncapped ADSL||512Kbps||–10-day Threshold 10GB
–Monthly Threshold 30GB
|Axxess 4Mb Uncapped Express+||512 Kbps (4 Mbps after hours)||
–10 Day Rolling Threshold of 10 GB
|Openweb Vodacom Business 512||512 Kbps||None||R1599|
1024 Kbps Uncapped ADSL
|Screamer Telecoms ADSL Unlimited||1024 Kbps||None||R1499|
|OpenWeb IS Express Uncapped ADSL||1024 Kbps||–10-day Threshold 20GB
–Monthly Threshold 60GB
|Axxess 4Mb Uncapped Express+||1024 Kbps (4 Mbps after hours)||–10 Day Rolling Threshold of 20 GB
–Unlimited after hours
|DigiChilli Uncapped||1024 Kbps Guaranteed||None||R3000|
4 Mbps Uncapped ADSL
|Screamer Telecoms ADSL Unlimited||4 Mbps||None||R2499|
|SAINET Vodacom Business 4Mbps||4 Mbps||None||R2599|
Uncapped ADSL services – do you know of any other good ones?