Telkom LTE-Advanced vs fibre-to-the-home – which is the better deal?

Telkom recently announced it had expanded its LTE-Advanced coverage to include 22 new suburbs in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape.

Telkom states on its website the LTE-A network supports download speeds of 150Mbps and upload speeds of up to 25Mbps, and is much faster than its existing ADSL and VDSL offerings.

The operator added that speeds on its LTE-A network are comparable to speeds available over a fibre network, and offer an alternative to fixed-line broadband for high-speed connectivity.

“The LTE Advanced bundle from Telkom offers a compelling connected home solution, at speeds above what is currently available in the market,” said Telkom.

Is an LTE connection comparable to a fibre-to-the-home connection, though, particularly when it comes to pricing?

The table below answers that question by comparing Telkom’s LTE-A pricing to similar FTTH packages currently available.

Line speed Data allocation Price
Web Africa 100Mbps 90GB + 360GB night-time data R1,148
MWEB 100Mbps 100GB + 100GB night-time data R1,199
Web Africa 100Mbps 120GB + 480GB night-time data R1,248
MTN 100Mbps 100GB R1,334
Telkom LTE-A Up to 150Mbps 100GB R1,399
Vox Telecom 100Mbps 300GB R1,449
MWEB 100Mbps 200GB + 200GB night-time data R1,599
Vodacom 100Mbps 200GB R1,799
Cool Ideas 100Mbps Uncapped R1,999
Cybersmart 100Mbps Uncapped R2,899

Areas covered by the Telkom LTE-A network are shown in the image below.

Telkom LTE-A network expanded - 19 May 2015
Telkom LTE-A network expanded – 19 May 2015

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