Uncapped broadband prices – Fibre versus ADSL

Numerous affordable uncapped fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) products were launched in recent months, which offer better value for money than some of Telkom’s ADSL and VDSL products.

In the most recent development, Fibrehoods unveiled its 100Mbps uncapped FTTH pricing for Craighall and Craighall Park – R1,400 per month.

This is significantly cheaper than competing products from Cool Ideas and Cybersmart which are priced at R2,899 per month.

However, Cybersmart Lightspeed has launched more affordable 10Mbps, 20Mbps, and 50Mbps uncapped FTTH products to serve the lower end of the market.

Cybersmart is currently offering its fibre-to-the-home service in around 50 complexes residential flats.

Cybersmart CEO Laurie Fialkov said that their FTTH products offer superior value to ADSL or VDSL because it is symmetrical (same download and upload speeds) and the low contention ratios.

Cybersmart’s new uncapped fibre-to-the-home prices compete favourably with Telkom’s ADSL products, as shown in the table below.

Uncapped broadband: FTTH vs ADSL
Provider Service Internet access and data Line rental Total cost
Cybersmart 10Mbps uncapped FTTH R499 Free R499.00
Telkom 10Mbps uncapped ADSL R999 R166.50 R1,165.50
Cybersmart 20Mbps uncapped FTTH R899 Free R899.00
Telkom 20Mbps uncapped VDSL R1,598 R166.50 R1,764.50
Cybersmart 50Mbps uncapped FTTH R1,499 Free R1,499.00
Telkom 40Mbps uncapped VDSL R2,398 R166.50 R2,564.50

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