South Africa has always lagged behind developed countries when it comes to residential fixed broadband services.
Apart from physical challenges – like the long local loop lengths and a geographically large country – government policies and indecision has hurt South Africa’s broadband landscape.
While many South Africans would love to access to a 40Mbps DSL service, Japan’s largest telecoms provider NTT is starting to phase out ADSL which is being replaced by 1Gbps fibre services.
Many South Africans have to settle for a 4Mbps ADSL service at best, but there are great broadband options out there – the only problem is price and availability.
Here are some of the best broadband services available in South Africa – based on speed and service levels.
Telkom’s 1Gbps Direct Internet Service
DIS offers premium Internet connectivity with no contention (guaranteed throughput), and has highest priority on the network – price varies based on configuration.
MWEB 1Gbps fibre connection
Features upload speed of 100Mbps and a 500GB data cap – R2,499 per month
123Net 1Gbps Gigabiz 100 fibre connection
Offering 1Gbps local speeds and 100Mbps international speeds – R2,999 per month
Vox Telecom 1Gbps fibre service
With 800GB of monthly data – R2,499 per month
Cybersmart 200Mbps uncapped Lightspeed fibre
With a local contention ratio of 1:1 and international contention of 15:1 – R19,999
RSAWEB 200Mbps fibre connection
Offering symmetrical bandwidth and a free router – R17,043 per month
Bitco 200Mbps uncapped business fibre
Offers excellent bandwidth and custom business services – R30,000 per month
Greencom 100Mbps uncapped business fibre
Offering symmetrical bandwidth – R4,999 per month
Internet Solutions 100Mbps uncapped fibre
Includes a router and a fibre circuit – R8,799 per month
Vodacom 100Mbps uncapped Broadband Connect Fibre
With symmetrical bandwidth and contention ratio of 10:1 – R10,000 per month
Neotel 100Mbps uncapped NeoBroadband fibre
With a contention ratio of 10:1 and symmetrical bandwidth – R17,000 per month
MTN Business Broadband 100Mbps fibre
Offers unshaped and uncapped symmetrical bandwidth at a contention of 1:5 – R41,000 per month