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|