The latest Point Topic fixed-broadband tariffs report reveals that the average global monthly charge for a residential broadband service is close to $105 (R1,390).
While this can be considered expensive when compared to local DSL products, the average speed is much higher than ADSL and VDSL services.
The average global download speed provided to residential subscribers was 135Mbps, much higher than most fixed broadband products in South Africa.
Over the last three months, the average speed increased from 124Mbps to 135Mbps, thanks to a boost in the average speeds provided over cable and fibre platforms.
Between Q1 2017 and Q2 2017, the average cable broadband download speed went up from 133Mbps to 143Mbps (+7.5%), while fibre increased from 195Mbps to 208Mbps (+6.7%).
“This trend will continue, with a number of broadband providers accelerating the rollout of FTTH and Docsis 3.1 networks capable of Gigabit speeds, as well as copper-based G.Fast platforms,” said Point Topic.
With the increase in speed, the average price per Mbps is declining across the globe.
The average “global” price per Mbps was $0.78 at the end of Q2 2017, compared to $0.85 recorded at the end of Q1 2017.
The charts below provide an overview of broadband prices per region and technology.