South African ADSL pricing surprise

Point Topic has released its latest Global residential tariffs and bandwidths report, which showed that the average monthly charge for a residential broadband service is $99 (R1,566).

The report further showed that the average price per Mbps for residential copper-based broadband services – DSL – is $8.49 per month (R134).

The figures from Point Topic show that many South African broadband subscribers pay less than their international counterparts for fixed broadband access.

Looking at MWEB’s bundled uncapped ADSL and VDSL products (which include ADSL access and uncapped data), the prices range from R139 for a 1Mbps service, to R2,334 for a 40Mbps product.

The average price per Mbps for an uncapped DSL product, based on these prices, is R109. This is lower than the global standard of R134 per Mbps.

The graph below shows how South Africa compares to the global average in terms of price per Mbps for uncapped ADSL.

Price per Mbps

South Africa still lagging in broadband speeds

While lower broadband prices should be celebrated, South Africa is still far behind global standards when it comes to broadband speeds.

The average bandwidth provided by residential services around the globe is 85Mbps – much higher than most fixed broadband connections in South Africa.

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