Uncapped broadband price shootout: DSL versus Fibre

South African consumers have never been more spoiled for choice when looking for an uncapped broadband service.

Numerous Internet service providers are offering uncapped Internet packages, with most products providing speeds of between 2Mbps and 100Mbps.

While ADSL remains the dominant fixed broadband technology in South Africa, many neighbourhoods are starting to roll out fibre-to-the-home to their residents.

These fibre-to-the-home networks are usually open-access, which means ISPs can use these networks to offer their own FTTH products.

MWEB, Web Africa, and Cybersmart are some of the service providers offering uncapped FTTH products on these networks.

When comparing the pricing of uncapped ADSL, VDSL, and FTTH services, it is evident that fibre offers superior value for money.

FTTH also offers speeds of up to 1Gbps – significantly faster than peak DSL speeds of 40Mbps in South Africa.

Uncapped broadband prices

The following table provides an overview of the popular uncapped products available in the country.

It should be noted that only prominent ISPs which offer bundled uncapped products (which include access and ISP costs) are listed below.

Uncapped broadband prices
ISP Service ISP cost (R) Line rental (R) Total monthly cost
MWEB 2Mbps uncapped ADSL 339 189 R528
Crystalweb 2Mbps uncapped ADSL 344 189 R533
Web Africa 2Mbps uncapped ADSL 349 189 R538
Cybersmart 2Mbps uncapped ADSL 349 189 R538
Telkom 2Mbps uncapped ADSL 394 189 R583
Axxess 2Mbps uncapped ADSL 396 189 R585
Afrihost 2Mbps uncapped ADSL 397 189 R586
Cool Ideas 4Mbps uncapped FTTH 399 0 R399
MWEB 4Mbps uncapped FTTH 399 0 R399
MWEB 4Mbps uncapped ADSL 449 189 R638
Axxess 4Mbps uncapped ADSL 499 189 R688
Crystalweb 4Mbps uncapped ADSL 544 189 R733
Web Africa 4Mbps uncapped ADSL 549 189 R738
Cybersmart 4Mbps uncapped ADSL 579 189 R768
Telkom 4Mbps uncapped ADSL 585 189 R774
Afrihost 4Mbps uncapped ADSL 597 189 R786
1GB 10Mbps uncapped FTTH 599 0 R599
Greencom 10Mbps uncapped FTTH 683 0 R683
Cape Connect 10Mbps uncapped FTTH 699 0 R699
Cybersmart 10Mbps uncapped ADSL 779 189 R968
Axxess 10Mbps uncapped ADSL 799 189 R988
Crystalweb 10Mbps uncapped ADSL 870 189 R1,059
Afrihost 10Mbps uncapped ADSL 897 189 R1,086
Web Africa 10Mbps uncapped ADSL 899 189 R1,088
MWEB 10Mbps uncapped ADSL 899 189 R1,088
Telkom 10Mbps uncapped ADSL 999 189 R1,188
Cool Ideas 20Mbps uncapped FTTH 799 0 R799
1GB 20Mbps uncapped FTTH 849 0 R849
Cybersmart 20Mbps uncapped FTTH 899 0 R899
Cape Connect 20Mbps uncapped FTTH 899 0 R899
Cybersmart 20Mbps uncapped VDSL 1,158 189 R1,347
Afrihost 20Mbps uncapped VDSL 1,297 189 R1,486
Axxess 20Mbps uncapped VDSL 1,299 189 R1,488
Crystalweb 20Mbps uncapped VDSL 1,374 189 R1,563
MWEB 20Mbps uncapped VDSL 1,498 189 R1,687
Telkom 20Mbps uncapped VDSL 1,598 189 R1,787
Cybersmart 40Mbps uncapped VDSL 1,563 189 R1,752
Axxess 40Mbps uncapped VDSL 1,729 189 R1,918
Afrihost 40Mbps uncapped VDSL 1,747 189 R1,936
Crystalweb 40Mbps uncapped VDSL 1,894 189 R2,083
MWEB 40Mbps uncapped VDSL 2,398 189 R2,587
Telkom 40Mbps uncapped VDSL 2,398 189 R2,587
Cool Ideas 50Mbps uncapped FTTH 999 0 R999
Cybersmart 50Mbps uncapped FTTH 1,299 0 R1,299
1GB 50Mbps uncapped FTTH 1,399 0 R1,399
Cape Connect 50Mbps uncapped FTTH 1,499 0 R1,499
Greencom 50Mbps uncapped FTTH 1,709 0 R1,709
Cool Ideas 100Mbps uncapped FTTH 1,999 0 R1,999
1GB 100Mbps uncapped FTTH 2,299 0 R2,299
Greencom 100Mbps uncapped FTTH 2,849 0 R2,849
Cybersmart 100Mbps uncapped FTTH 2,899 0 R2,899
Cape Connect 100Mbps uncapped FTTH 2,899 0 R2,899

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