The latest Point Topic fixed-broadband tariffs report reveals that the average global monthly charge for a residential broadband service is $112 (R1,500).
The fixed broadband price has gone up for two broadband technologies – copper and fibre – but has gone down for cable by $4, to $74.
Most South Africans pay less than R1,000 for their fixed broadband service, but often for slow speeds.
The average global download speed provided to residential subscribers was 136Mbps, much higher than most fixed broadband products in South Africa.
The average global broadband speed continues to rise, especially with the increased uptake of fibre-to-the-home services.
While broadband prices are expected to decline, it is not what is being seen in the global market.
The average price-per-Mbps was $0.82 at the end of Q3 2017, compared to $0.78 at the end of Q2 2017.
This means the price of broadband access is starting to increase, even though speeds are increasing thanks to technological advances.
The charts below provide an overview of broadband prices per region and technology.