Over the last decade South African mobile and fixed broadband prices have plummeted, with consumers getting far better value for money.
In December 2002, when ADSL was first launched in South Africa, 3GB of ADSL data cost R219 (R73 per GB). Twelve years later, the price of ADSL data dropped to R2 per GB.
The same happened to mobile data. In December 2004 when Vodacom first launched its mobile broadband service, the cost for 1GB of data was R599. The current price is R69 per GB.
Unfortunately, not all prices showed massive decreases and in many cases South African consumers still pay very high tariffs for data.
Vodacom’s ad-hoc data rates remain stubbornly high at R2 per MB, while roaming rates can be as costly as R128 per MB.
The following infographic provides an overview of how much data R1,000 will buy South African consumers.
It should be noted that these are only data costs, and do not include the access, equipment, and installation cost.
For the uncapped account, we took Afrihost’s peak downloader on an uncapped account over a 30-day period.