Simple chart shows why South Africa needs more fibre now

Point Topic’s latest broadband report shows that the average bandwidth provided to residential broadband subscribers globally was 112Mbps, up from 104Mbps three months earlier.

The increase was due to increasing average speeds provided over fibre – 186Mbps in Q3 2016 compared to 172Mbps in Q2 2016.

“This trend will continue, with a significant number of operators accelerating the roll-out of fibre-to-the-home, Docsis 3.1, and networks and launching gigabit speeds,” said Point Topic.

Higher speed is not the only benefit of fibre. The average monthly cost per megabit for fibre was $0.47 for the period, much lower than ADSL and VDSL at $7.75.

In South Africa, most fixed broadband subscribers use ADSL or VDSL, with FTTH only starting to take off now.

This means South Africa is lagging behind its international counterparts in broadband speeds and pricing.

The chart below shows the average cost per megabit for residential broadband services.


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Simple chart shows why South Africa needs more fibre now