There has been strong growth in ADSL and VDSL data use in 2015, with the biggest data users in the country consuming terabytes of data each month.
Web Africa’s Greg Wright said they have seen “massive growth in average data usage over the past year on both capped and uncapped products”.
He attributed it to society’s ever-increasing reliance on Internet services, and even more notably South African users’ changing behaviour.
Cybersmart CEO Laurie Fialkov said they have seen similar data usage growth, adding that one only needs to look at Netflix stats to see the increase in online streaming data use.
MWEB’s head of products Rihana Hoosain said they have seen steady growth in data usage across both ADSL and VDSL.
“Over the last year alone the average usage on ADSL has increased by at least 13%, and up to 50% on VDSL products,” said Hoosain.
Openweb CEO Keoma Wright said they have seen a 40% year-on-year increase in data usage on their uncapped ADSL accounts.
Shane Chorley, executive head for carrier and connectivity at Vox Telecom, said they expect data usage growth – which is approximately 10% to 15% per year – to continue.
Biggest ADSL and VDSL data users in South Africa
It is easy to see the growth in ADSL and VDSL data use by looking at the top users from each service provider.
South African ISPs previously said the top 5% of uncapped ADSL users consume around 30% of the total network capacity.
The infographic below shows just how much data South Africa’s biggest ADSL and VDSL users consume.