Pricing shoot-out: Telkom DSL versus fibre-to-the-home

The Constantia Fibre Initiative announced on 21 April 2015 that fibre-to-the-home will be rolled out to all 3,500 households in the area this year. The first household will be live by 29 June, and the first 100 houses connected by 31 July.

The Constantia network will use Gigabit Passive Optical Network technology, offering maximum download speeds of 1 Gigabit per second and upload speeds of up to 500 Megabits per second.

Constantia is the latest in a long list of areas in Gauteng, Cape Town, and Durban to get FTTH services.

These fibre broadband services compete directly against Telkom’s fixed-line products – ADSL, VDSL, and fibre.

This raises the question: How does the new crop of FTTH pricing compare against Telkom’s DSL and fibre rates?

The table below answers that question.

Telkom DSL/FTTH versus Other FTTH
ISP Service Speed Data allowance Monthly price
Telkom ADSL 10Mbps 50GB R584
ISP Afrika FTTH Constantia 10Mbps 50GB R599
Greencom Metrofibre Networx 10Mbps 50GB R683
123Net FTTH Constantia 10Mbps Unlimited R599
Greencom Metrofibre Networx 10Mbps Unlimited R683
Telkom ADSL 10Mbps Unlimited R999
Telkom VDSL 20Mbps 50GB R601
Vodacom FTTH 20Mbps 50GB R799
Smart Village FTTH 20Mbps 50GB R929
Telkom FTTH 20Mbps 50GB R999
123Net FTTH Constantia 20Mbps Unlimited R849
Cybersmart FTTH Vumatel 20Mbps Unlimited R899
Telkom VDSL 20Mbps Unlimited R1,589
Telkom VDSL 40Mbps 100GB R839
MWEB FTTH Vumatel 50Mbps 100GB R899
Web Afrika FTTH Vumatel 50Mbps 100GB R899
Vodacom FTTH 40Mbps 100GB R1,199
Telkom FTTH 40Mbps 100GB R1,299
Smart Village FTTH 40Mbps 100GB R1,404
123Net FTTH Constantia 50Mbps Unlimited R1,399
Cybersmart FTTH Vumatel 50Mbps Unlimited R1,499
Cool Ideas FTTH Vumatel 50Mbps Unlimited R1,499
Greencom Metrofibre Networx 50Mbps Unlimited R1,709
Telkom VDSL 40Mbps Unlimited R2,398
ISP Afrika FTTH Constantia 100Mbps 200GB R999
Telkom FTTH 100Mbps 200GB R1,799
Vodacom FTTH 100Mbps 200GB R1,799
123Net FTTH Constantia 100Mbps Unlimited R2,299
Greencom Metrofibre Networx 100Mbps Unlimited R2,849
Cybersmart FTTH Vumatel 100Mbps Unlimited R2,899
Cool Ideas FTTH Vumatel 100Mbps Unlimited R2,899

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