South Africa’s big entry-level broadband pricing surprise

Calling for lower broadband prices in South Africa is nothing new, with the government and other stakeholders punting the benefits of affordable connectivity services.

While mobile data prices and high-speed fibre broadband access remain expensive, the price of ADSL and wireless Internet access have dropped significantly in recent years.

In fact, entry-level fixed-broadband prices in South Africa are of the cheapest globally.

Point Topic’s Q1 2018 residential broadband tariff report ranks South Africa’s entry-level broadband prices as the 8th most affordable in the world.

Point Topic’s scorecard compares the entry-level, median, and average residential broadband tariffs in 81 countries.

The data includes fixed-broadband services offered over copper, cable, and fibre networks.

Prices

To provide an easy way of comparing prices directly, Point Topic has taken the PPP data on entry-level, median, and average broadband tariffs, produced rankings, and then compared the variance.

South Africa’s entry-level broadband price ranking improved from number 21 in 2016 to the current 8th position.

It is, however, not all good news when it comes to fixed-broadband prices in the country.

South Africa ranks close to the bottom when it comes to the average and the median prices of fixed-broadband products.

Point Topic’s broadband tariff country scorecard shows this below, with the countries at the top of the chart the countries offering the best median tariffs.

Broadband Prices

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South Africa’s big entry-level broadband pricing surprise