Supersonic recently launched its new fixed-LTE products in South Africa, which are available on a month-to-month basis or on a 24-month contract.
The MTN-owned ISP aims to compete with Telkom by offering consumers month-to-month fixed-LTE products at competitive prices, and has stated that it expects rapid adoption of its new products, especially by customers without fibre coverage.
Supersonic’s fixed-LTE offering currently comprises three fixed-LTE packages, each of which includes Anytime and Night Owl data.
They are available as SIM-only offerings or with a compatible router which is priced at a flat rate of R1,699, or R69 per month over 24 months.
It is important to note that MTN has effectively launched a wholesale fixed-LTE product, with Supersonic as its first client.
This means that South Africans could expect additional MTN-based fixed-LTE products being offered through more ISPs in future.
The launch of these offerings comes at a tumultuous time in the consumer fixed-LTE market.
Over the past year, both Rain and Cell C discontinued their fixed-LTE products, leaving Telkom as the only major fixed-LTE provider offering products to consumers through third-party ISPs.
Rain opted to discontinue its fixed-LTE offering from November 2018 due to capacity network constraints, although it still offered services to existing customers.
More recently, Cell C announced that it was terminating its fixed-LTE services through Internet Solutions, shutting down the product’s availability to other ISPs.
Cell C is in a tough financial position, and it said it chose to discontinue its fixed-LTE offering as it was no longer profitable.
Three weeks after Cell C shut down its fixed-LTE offering, MTN entered the market with its fixed-LTE offering through Supersonic.
This means that users who want to buy a fixed-LTE package must choose between MTN and Telkom products, taking into account the packages and pricing from each operator.
MTN vs Telkom
We compared the pricing for the available fixed-LTE packages available from Telkom and MTN through ISPs.
Only month-to-month, SIM-only packages were included in this comparison. We used pricing from Supersonic and Webafrica for MTN and Telkom fixed-LTE respectively.
The table below shows that while Telkom’s smaller fixed-LTE packages compete with MTN’s 120GB product, MTN fixed-LTE through Supersonic is notably cheaper than Telkom fixed-LTE for larger data amounts.
Across the country, MTN has an average download speed of 35.90Mbps compared to Telkom’s 23.07Mbps. This means that on the whole, the fixed-LTE customer experience should be better on MTN’s network.
The fixed-LTE pricing for both networks is detailed below.
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