South Africa’s biggest bandwidth hogs in 2014

South Africa’s top DSL data users consumed over 5 terabytes (5,000GB) of data per account per month in 2014. This emerged from feedback from some of South Africa’s largest Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

According to information from Web Africa, Cybersmart, and Openweb, many DSL subscribers consume more than 1TB of data per month.

Most of these high-end subscribers use uncapped DSL accounts. However, some subscribers used capped accounts with free after-hours data to notch up terabytes of downloads.

Cybersmart CEO Laurie Fialkov explained that a handful of the top users are running wireless ISPs while using load-balanced ADSL lines for backhaul capacity.

Biggest DSL data users in South Africa

The following table provides an overview of some of the biggest ADSL and VDSL data users in 2014.

Biggest DSL data users in South Africa for 2014
ISP Account Monthly data usage
Cybersmart 10Mbps uncapped ADSL 5,207GB
Cybersmart 40Mbps VDSL capped account 4,497GB
Cybersmart 40Mbps VDSL capped account 4,341GB
Cybersmart 10Mbps uncapped ADSL 3,199GB
Cybersmart 40Mbps VDSL capped account 2,800GB
Web Africa Home ADSL – 5GB + 50TB special 5,450GB
Web Africa Home ADSL – 15GB + 50TB special 3,050GB
Web Africa Home ADSL – 5GB Pro + 50TB special 2,860GB
Web Africa Home ADSL – 120GB + 50TB special 1,700GB
Web Africa Home ADSL – 5GB + 50TB special 1,640GB
Openweb 10Mbps Home Uncapped 2,400GB
Openweb 20Mbps Home Uncapped 2,360GB
Openweb 10Mbps Home Uncapped Premium 2,210GB
Openweb 10Mbps Home Uncapped Premium 1,990GB
Openweb 4Mbps Home Uncapped Premium 1,840GB
Afrihost 40Mbps uncapped VDSL 3,055GB
Afrihost 10Mbps business uncapped 2,568GB
Afrihost 10Mbps business uncapped 2,257GB
Afrihost 10Mbps business uncapped 2,224GB
Afrihost 10Mbps business uncapped 2,174GB

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