Rain fixed-LTE packages are off the menu from today, following a decision by the company to suspend sales due to network capacity constraints.
Rain announced in July that it will suspend the sale of its fixed-LTE products through partner ISPs from 1 November.
Following this, it stated that active users on the network will receive free off-peak data from 1 December 2018.
Subscribers will receive off-peak data from 23:00 to 18:00 – a period of 19 hours – each day, on top of their anytime data allocation.
With Rain no longer offering fixed-LTE packages, this leaves users with fewer choices for connectivity.
The two big players now are Cell C through local ISPs and Telkom with its fixed-LTE packages.
MTN also offers users fixed-LTE services, but these are subject to tower-locking.
The coverage and speeds offered by the various providers vary depending on your location and the number of users in your area using the same service – factors which must be taken into account when deciding on a package.
Unlike fibre and ADSL which promise users a certain download and upload speed on their line, fixed-LTE performance can vary greatly in terms of latency and speeds.
Users are encouraged to test a service provider with a cheap prepaid SIM and data bundle, or ask a friend with a fixed-LTE package if they can trial their service for a day.
To compare the LTE packages on offer in the market after Rain’s departure, we have listed deals below from MTN, Cell C, and Telkom.
- The speeds listed for the services are based on claims from the networks.
- The two data allocations for the MTN and Telkom service sare “Anytime + Night” data.
- It must also be noted MTN’s offering is a “fixed” service, and you may only use the package in one location after purchase.
|Package||Download Speed||Data||Device||Price pm|
|Cell C||10-69Mbps||20GB||Huawei B315*||R219|
|Cell C||10-69Mbps||50GB||Huawei B315*||R349|
|MTN||Best Effort||15GB+15GB||[email protected] B612||R369|
|Telkom LTE||Up to 90Mbps||40GB+40GB||Huawei B525||R459|
|Telkom LTE-A||Up to 150Mbps||40GB+40GB||Huawei B618||R499|
|Cell C||10-69Mbps||100GB||Huawei B315*||R530|
|Telkom LTE||Up to 90Mbps||60GB+60GB||Huawei B525||R559|
|Telkom LTE-A||Up to 150Mbps||60GB+60GB||Huawei B618||R599|
|MTN||Best Effort||30GB+30GB||[email protected] B612||R669|
|Telkom LTE||Up to 90Mbps||100GB+100GB||Huawei B525||R759|
|Telkom LTE-A||Up to 150Mbps||100GB+100GB||Huawei B618||R799|
|Cell C||10-69Mbps||200GB||Huawei B315*||R845|
|Telkom Uncapped All Hours||10Mbps||Uncapped (150GB @10Mbps)||Huawei B525||R899|
|MTN||Best Effort||60GB+60GB||[email protected] B612||R1,069|
|Telkom LTE||Up to 90Mbps||200GB+200GB||Huawei B525||R1,059|
|Telkom LTE-A||Up to 150Mbps||200GB+200GB||Huawei B618||R1,099|
|MTN||Best Effort||110GB+110GB||[email protected] B612||R1,469|
|Cell C packages through ISPs can be upgraded to a Huawei B618 for R999.|