Uncapped Prices – Fibre vs ADSL

Fibre-to-the-home connections are gaining momentum in South Africa, with many network operators rolling out fibre networks in suburbs across the country.

While FTTH coverage is still nowhere near as widespread as ADSL, it is reaching hundreds of thousands of homes and apartments in metropolitan areas.

Many people are ditching their ADSL and VDSL connections for fibre, and it is easy to see why.

FTTH services are much more affordable than comparable DSL services, especially if you take the compulsory R189 analogue Telkom line rental associated with DSL into account.

The table below illustrates the price difference between DSL and FTTH, using pricing from Afrihost as a benchmark.

10Mbps Uncapped
ISP Service Download Speed Upload Speed Price pm
Afrihost FTTH 10Mbps 5Mbps R549
Afrihost ADSL 10Mbps 1Mbps R848
20Mbps Uncapped
Afrihost FTTH 20Mbps 5Mbps R799
Afrihost VDSL 20Mbps 2Mbps R968
40/50Mbps Uncapped
Afrihost FTTH 50Mbps 5Mbps R999
Afrihost VDSL 40Mbps 4Mbps R1,438

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