South Africa’s broadband value stinks

The latest Ookla Household Value Index statistics show that South Africa’s broadband prices are very high when compared to global standards.

The Net Index Household Value Index uses recent surveys from to compare and rank consumer broadband value around the globe.

According to the Net Index statistics, South Africa has the second highest tariff out of the 64 surveyed countries for the raw cost per Megabit per second (Mbps) — a measurement of how much you pay for broadband speed.

South Africa’s cost of $21.67 per Mbps is significantly higher than the international average of $5.57 per Mbps.

The following image shows how South Africa’s cost per Mbps stacks up against some of the other countries listed in the report.

Price per Mbps
Price per Mbps

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The Net Index Household Value Index also gives the mean broadband subscription cost divided by the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita.

This measurement provides a good overview of the affordability of a broadband service in a country.

Here South Africa ranked at 58 out of 64 countries, with the cost of a broadband service coming in at 11% of the GDP per capita.

Broadband cost and GDP per capita
Broadband cost vs GDP per capita

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