Fibre-to-the-home is gaining momentum in South Africa, with many ADSL subscribers moving to the faster technology.
Webafrica product manager Jesse Abrahams said the majority of FTTH packages purchased would be from existing ADSL customers.
While FTTH coverage is still limited in the country, many companies are aggressively rolling out fibre in metropolitan areas.
Cybersmart CTO Laurie Fialkov said the hype around fibre means that they are seeing strong growth in the field.
With a single bill, faster speeds, and an overall better connection, it is not surprising that there is a high demand for fibre lines.
Most popular fibre-to-the-home products
Many ISPs have indicated that their clients prefer uncapped fibre accounts, and are willing to sacrifice higher speeds for more data when allocating their budget.
Abrahams said Webafrica’s bestselling product is its 20Mbps uncapped package, which offers great value for money.
Vox’s Justin Hovener said the Vox Pro uncapped packages – which include fibre line, data account, mobile data, and uncapped voice – are its most popular products.
The second-most popular FTTH product from Vox is its basic uncapped service, which includes the fibre line and data account.
Fialkov said its 400Mbps Lightspeed product, which offers value for money and high speeds, is its biggest seller.
Cybersmart is also getting a lot of orders for Vumatel’s 50Mbps and 100Mbps FTTH services.
When looking at Openserve fibre products, Fialkov said the 10Mbps product is the line of choice.
“Even though we try to dissuade customers from taking a 10Mbps fibre service, because it really does not showcase fibre speed at all, the Openserve 10Mbps remains popular,” said Fialkov.
“I think this is a function of how much people are prepared to pay versus what they actually want,” he said.