Cheapest ways to use the Internet in SA – ADSL vs Mobile vs Fibre

Telkom recently launched new wholesale ADSL lines, one of which is a 1Mbps option which it sells for under R50 per month.

Axxess was one of the first ISPs to offer the new 1Mbps line to clients, which retails for R55 per month.

The launch of the “cheap” ADSL service is an attractive offer for low-usage users who do not require high download speeds, or use bandwidth-intensive applications.

This then raises the question: Which option – DSL, mobile, or FTTH – is the cheapest for home users, based on their monthly data needs?

The tables below answer that question – based on light, medium, and heavy usage profiles.

It should be noted that a speed increase was factored in as data allocations increased.

Light Usage – Up to 10GB

Service Download speed Data allocation Price p/m
Afrihost 1Mbps ADSL 1Mbps 8GB R264
Axxess 1Mbps ADSL 1Mbps 10GB R288
Telkom SmartBroadband Wireless 14Mbps 10GB (+10GB Night Surfer) R299
RSAWEB (MTN) Mobile 23Mbps 10GB R399

Medium Usage – Up to 100GB

Service Download speed Data allocation Price p/m
Afrihost 4Mbps ADSL 4Mbps 100GB R647
Telkom FTTH 10Mbps 100GB (+Night Surfer) R699
Telkom SmartBroadband Wireless 14Mbps 100GB (+100GB Night Surfer) R999

Heavy Usage – Over 100GB

Service Download speed Data allocation Price p/m
Afrihost 8Mbps ADSL 8Mbps 200GB R917
Telkom FTTH 40Mbps 100GB SoftCap R1,099
Telkom FTTH 100Mbps 200GB SoftCap R1,599
Telkom SmartBroadband Wireless 14Mbps 200GB (+200GB Night Surfer) R1,599

Note: hardware and installation costs were not taken into account in the price comparison above.

ADSL prices include Telkom’s analogue line rental fee of R189 pm. Mobile speeds based on MyBroadband speed test server results.

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