Cheapest uncapped 50Mbps fibre and mobile plans in South Africa — priced from R509

Webafrica and Afrihost offer among the cheapest fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) packages in South Africa with 50Mbps download speeds.

Many of the country’s major fibre network operators (FNOs) are moving towards 50Mbps as an entry-level speed for customers outside lower-income areas.

With the proliferation of Internet-connected devices and 4K video streaming becoming more mainstream, many households might find that products with speeds lower than 50Mbps cannot keep up with demand.

A 50Mbps package provides enough bandwidth for multiple simultaneous 4K video streams and keeps multiple smartphones, tablets, laptops, security cameras, smart appliances, and other items actively connected without issues.

Unfortunately, most South African households don’t yet have access to a fibre network for the fastest and most reliable connectivity on the market.

We compared the latest prices of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH), fixed-LTE, and fixed-5G packages in South Africa to see if there were any similarly-priced alternatives to fibre with speeds of around 50Mbps.

We found that FTTH packages in South Africa generally remained much more affordable than mobile options, although some in the latter category were reasonably priced.

This was based on the prices from two major fibre ISPs — Afrihost and Webafrica — across five big fibre network operators (FNOs).

Between these providers, we counted 11 FTTH packages that were more affordable than the cheapest uncapped mobile package with a speed of 50Mbps or higher — the RainOne Unlimited 5G 60Mbps plan, which costs R795 per month.

The most affordable overall was the MetroFibre 75/75Mbps package from Webafrica, priced at R509.

The FNO recently discontinued its 50Mbps package but has continued offering a cheaper 25Mbps package to customers with access to its existing network.

The cheapest fibre package with a 50Mbps speed was on Afrihost via Openserve’s network. It was priced at R547.

There are plenty more ISPs offering packages on several other FNOs, so you will likely find several other options that are even more affordable than cellular services.

The table below compares the most affordable true uncapped 50Mbps fibre and mobile broadband packages in South Africa.

True uncapped Internet packages with 50Mbps speeds
ISP and package Technology Download speed Upload speed Fair usage policy and terms Price
Web Africa MetroFibre Fibre-to-the-home 50Mbps 50Mbps None
Free-to-use router included
Month-to-month
R249 initiation fee
R509
Afrihost Openserve Fibre-to-the-home 50Mbps 25Mbps None
Free-to-use router included
Month-to-month
R547
Web Africa Openserve Fibre-to-the-home 50Mbps 25Mbps None
Free-to-use router included
Month-to-month
R249 initiation fee
R549
Web Africa Openserve Fibre-to-the-home 50Mbps 50Mbps None
Free-to-use router included
Month-to-month
R249 initiation fee
R639
Afrihost Openserve Fibre-to-the-home 50Mbps 50Mbps None
Free-to-use router included
Month-to-month
R647
Afrihost Zoom Fibre Fibre-to-the-home 50Mbps 50Mbps None
Free-to-use router included
Month-to-month
R647
Web Africa Vumatel Fibre-to-the-home 50Mbps 50Mbps None
Free-to-use router included
Month-to-month
R249 initiation fee
R689
Web Africa Octotel Fibre-to-the-home 50Mbps 50Mbps None
Free-to-use router included
Month-to-month
R249 initiation fee
R699
Web Africa Zoom Fibre Fibre-to-the-home 50Mbps 50Mbps None
Free-to-use router included
Month-to-month
R249 initiation fee
R709
Afrihost Vumatel Fibre-to-the-home 50Mbps 50Mbps None
Free-to-use router included
Month-to-month
R727
Afrihost Octotel Fibre-to-the-home 50Mbps 50Mbps None
Free-to-use router included
Month-to-month
R747
Afrihost Pure 5G 50Mbps Fixed-5G Up to 50Mbps Up to 50Mbps None
Requires 5G router — available from R2,999
Month-to-month
R749
Rain One Unlimited 5G 60Mbps Fixed-5G Up to 60Mbps Unspecified None
Free-to-use router included
Month-to-month
R795
Supersonic Air Fibre 50Mbps Fixed-5G Up to 50Mbps Up to 10Mbps None
Free-to-use router included
Month-to-month
R799
Afrihost MetroFibre Fibre-to-the-home 75Mbps 75Mbps None
Free-to-use router included
Month-to-month
R797

Numerous other affordable mobile broadband packages using fixed-LTE or fixed-5G technologies offer 50Mbps speeds or higher but have strict fair usage policies (FUPs).

For example, Axxess sells an MTN fixed-LTE package that initially boasts download and upload speeds of up to 500Mbps for only R449 per month.

However, the FUP determines that these speeds will only be available up to the first 300GB of usage for the month. Thereafter, Axxess throttles the customer’s connection down to 2Mbps.

Telkom’s entry-level fixed-5G package also boasts download and upload speeds up to 50Mbps but starts throttling customers to 10Mbps after 800GB of consumption.

On top of that, it costs R878 on a three-year contract.

Such products are not ideal for people who need lots of data every month and want to have useable Internet shared between multiple household members.

These packages must be throttled because mobile networks rely on limited radio frequency spectrum to serve millions of customers, with several hundreds or thousands of people often served by the same base station.

Allowing users to download content from the Internet at a high speed and without limits could worsen the experience for other customers.

However, if you only require brief bursts of high speed and only want uncapped Internet for less bandwidth-intensive applications once the high-speed allocation runs out, we’ve summarised some of the best options on the market below.

Uncapped mobile Internet packages with 50Mbps speeds subject to FUP
ISP and package Technology Download speed Upload speed Fair usage policy and terms Price
Axxess Standard 5G Fixed-5G Up to 500Mbps Up to 500Mbps After 300GB usage: Speeds throttled to 2Mbps
Requires 5G router — available from R1,999
Month-to-month
R449
MyMTN Home Wi-Fi 60Mbps Fixed-5G Up to 60Mbps Up to 60Mbps After 800GB usage: Speeds throttled to 10Mbps
Free-to-use router included
Month-to-month
R699
Supersonic Home 5G Lite Fixed-5G Up to 200Mbps Unspecified After 400GB usage: Speeds throttled to 2Mbps
Free-to-use router included
Month-to-month
R699
Afrihost Pure 5G 50Mbps Fixed-5G Up to 50Mbps Up to 50Mbps After 1TB usage: Speeds throttled to 1Mbps
Requires 5G router — available from R2,999
Month-to-month
R749
Axxess Pro 5G Fixed-5G Up to 500Mbps Up to 500Mbps After 600GB usage: Speeds throttled to 2Mbps
Requires 5G router — available from R1,999
Month-to-month
R759
Afrihost Pure 5G 100Mbps Fixed-5G Up to 100Mbps Up to 50Mbps After 1TB usage: Speeds throttled to 1Mbps
Requires 5G router — available from R2,999
Month-to-month
R849
Telkom 5G Internet Fixed-5G Up to 50Mbps Up to 50Mbps After 500GB usage: Speeds throttled to 4Mbps
After 550GB usage: Speeds throttled to 2Mbps
24 or 36-month contract
R878 x 36 (indoor)
R1,016 x 36 (outdoor)
Axxess Pro+ 5G Fixed-5G Up to 500Mbps Up to 500Mbps After 1TB usage: Speeds throttled to 2Mbps
Requires 5G router — available from R1,999
Month-to-month
R959
Afrihost Pure 5G Unlimited Fixed-5G Up to 500Mbps Up to 500Mbps After 1TB usage: Speeds throttled to 1Mbps
Requires 5G router — available from R2,999
Month-to-month
R949
Afrihost Pure Fixed-LTE Uncapped Fixed-LTE Up to 150Mbps Up to 150Mbps After 1TB usage: Speeds throttled to 2Mbps
Free-to-use router included
Month-to-month
R949
MyMTN Home Wi-Fi MaxSpeed Fixed-5G Up to 500Mbps Unspecified After 1.5TB usage: Speeds throttled to 15Mbps
Free-to-use router included
Month-to-month
R999
Supersonic Home Fixed-5G Premium Fixed-5G Up to 200Mbps Unspecified After 1TB usage: Speeds throttled to 2Mbps
Free-to-use router included
Month-to-month
R999

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