Telkom LTE users consume more data on average than ADSL and fibre combined

Telkom LTE subscribers use more data on average per user per month than the company’s broadband customers on fixed connections do.

Telkom chief commercial officer Brian Armstrong made the statement while speaking at the 2016 MyBroadband Conference.

Average data usage per user on Telkom’s LTE network started exceeding that of its fixed network in June 2016, when both hit 35GB per subscriber per month on average.

Armstrong said that Telkom LTE subscribers are now using about 40GB of data per month on average, although uncapped LTE users who consume a lot of data skew that figure.

“This is an enormous number which two years ago we could never have predicted,” said Armstrong.

“What’s interesting is that the demand on fixed – which comes off a high base – has essentially gone from 9GB a month three years ago to approaching 40GB a month now,” he said.

“This is the adoption and the use of broadband in South Africa in a residential context.”

Telkom LTE traffic vs Telkom fixed, with 10-year projections

Telkom LTE average usage per month, versus fixed

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