Axxess announced on 28 October 2013 that it will upgrade all its uncapped ADSL accounts free of charge (see Free uncapped ADSL speed upgrades). This basically translates into a significant price cut on all its uncapped ADSL products.
Not to be outdone, Telkom Internet said on 31 October 2013 that it will be increasing the speed of its ADSL clients free of charge this month.
Vox Telecom followed suit with price cuts of its own on its capped and uncapped ADSL products.
The announcements from Axxess, Telkom Internet and Vox Telecom come shortly before Telkom’s planned ADSL line speed upgrades.
This month Telkom will start upgrading its wholesale ADSL products free of charge:
- ‘Up to 1,024 kbps’ will be migrated to ‘Up to 2,048 kbps’
- ‘Up to 2,048 kbps’ will be migrated to ‘Up to 4,096 kbps’
- ‘Up to 4,096/10,240 kbps’ will be migrated to ‘Up to 10,240 kbps’.
In future, the ‘Up to 4,096/10,240 kbps’ product offering will be split into two separate offerings i.e. ‘Up to 4,096 kbps’ and ‘Up to 10,240 kbps’.
These changes will force Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to rethink the pricing of their uncapped ADSL products.
Axxess and Telkom Internet followed the subscriber friendly route by upgrading their uncapped ADSL subscribers to the higher speeds free of charge.
However, this decision can result in lower margins, which will make other ISPs think twice before following these examples.
Current uncapped ADSL account prices compared
The following table provides an overview of current uncapped ADSL prices.
|Uncapped ADSL prices|