Biggest broadband stories of 2011

2011 was a great year for broadband in South Africa with numerous mobile broadband specials, uncapped ADSL deals, and broadband network developments.

There were however some disappointments, which included no ADSL price cuts and ICASA’s poor showing when it came to local loop unbundling (LLU).

Here are some of the biggest broadband stories of the year.

8ta launches 10GB for R199 mobile broadband promotion

On 23 June 8ta launched two data products – a 10GB data bundle priced at R199 per month and a 10GB + 10GB Midnight Surfer service priced at R299 per month. Both services are available on 24 month contracts.

MTN slashes uncapped broadband pricing

MTN announced on 7 July 2011 that it has cut the pricing of its Broadband Uncapped Lite package from R749 to R299 and reduced the price of its MTN Broadband Uncapped Pro from R1,999 to R899.

True uncapped mobile broadband from MTN at R289

MTN removed its fair use policy and speed throttling on its uncapped mobile broadband products from 1 October 2011 to 31 January 2012.

Telkom launches uncapped ADSL products

TelkomInternet launches do Uncapped accounts in “up to” 384kbps, 1Mbps, and 10Mbps variants, with a possible product between 1Mbps and 10Mbps coming soon. Accounts are throttled during the day, shaped all the time, and subject to a fair usage policy.

Web Africa uncapped ADSL accounts

In November Web Africa launched their home uncapped ADSL service aimed at residential broadband customers. Web Africa’s home uncapped products start at R179 per month for a 384kbps offering while their 10Mbps uncapped service costs R1,699.

Altech Technology Concepts ADSL network and uncapped packages launched

Altech Technology Concepts recently launched aggressively priced ADSL services aimed at the business and consumer markets

Vodacom slashes price of 20GB prepaid data

Vodacom unveiled their latest Mofaya prepaid data promotion in November, slashing the price of their 20GB prepaid data bundle from R3,620 to R499.

R1 ADSL deal from Afrihost

In July Afrihost offered consumers a wide range of ADSL packages – including its 100GB data bundle – at R1 for July and August 2011.

Cell C data price adjustment

Cell C unveiled their new data products in October which replaced their launch prices. These prices are essentially mirroring 8ta’s standard data prices.

R149 for 2GB data deals

All the mobile broadband providers slashed the prices of their 2GB data bundles to R149.

Local Loop Unbundling ADSL disappointment

Instead of making LLU happen in South Africa, ICASA announced on 30 November 2011 that it delayed the process further with more investigations and no concrete deliverables.

MWEB ADSL network upgrades

In December MWEB concluded a four-phase network build and upgrade, which includes 10Gbps national links and 23Gbps SEACOM bandwidth.

Telkom planning 40Mbps broadband services

On 21 November 2011 Telkom published information that the company will launch 40Mbps broadband services by 2015 and increase the speed of their entry-level services to 2Mbps.

iBurst uncapped service launched

On 29 September 2011 iBurst increases the data bundle sizes on their iBurst wireless products, and also launched uncapped products starting at R599 per month.

Neotel slashes broadband prices

In August Neotel unveiled their latest mobile data (2GB and 3GB) and home broadband products with aggressive pricing

MTN LTE trial launched

In July 2011 MTN took the wraps off their LTE (Long Term Evolution) trial network in Gauteng, comprising of 100 sites in 4 coverage clusters in Johannesburg, Midrand and Pretoria.

Vodacom 43Mbps HSPA+ network growth

In April Vodacom announced that it is boosting broadband speeds through aggressive rollout of 43Mbps HSPA+ across its network

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