ISPs with packages on Vumatel’s network recently announced price increases and line speed changes for customers on legacy Fibrehood infrastructure.
Vumatel said that it upgraded and integrated Fibrehoods fibre after it acquired the company in 2016, part of which meant changing the old infrastructure pricing.
“In acquiring Fibrehoods in 2016, Vumatel embarked on a process to integrate and upgrade the acquired infrastructure and operations to meet the business’s and customers’ required service levels and standards,” Vumatel said.
The alignment of all legacy Fibrehoods pricing to that of the standard Vumatel pricing post integration of the networks will come into effect on 1 March 2019.
This means that ISPs may pass the cost of the price increase to their customers, and it is currently unclear how this will be handled by major service providers.
For example, one Webafrica customer’s uncapped 20/20 Mbps fibre package was lowered to a 20/2 Mbps line while his monthly price was increased by R50.
Vumatel said the price hikes allow it to run a sustainable, high-quality network with good service levels.
Vumatel vs Openserve
For customers who want to see how their new Vumatel prices stand up, we have compared the pricing of uncapped fibre packages on Vumatel and Openserve – Telkom’s infrastructure division.
Openserve and Vumatel are the two big FTTH players in South Africa, and their networks extend across the country.
The table below compares the uncapped fibre accounts available on Openserve and Vumatel from Cool Ideas and Supersonic.
The two ISPs have been rated at the best in South Africa by MyBroadband’s readers, and the pricing provides and idea of what packages cost end-users on the networks.
|Vumatel vs Openserve|
|Cool Ideas 10/5 Mbps||–||R499|
|Cool Ideas 10/2 Mbps||R649||–|
|Supersonic 10/2 Mbps||R699||–|
|Supersonic 10/5 Mbps||–||R699|
|Cool Ideas 10/10 Mbps||R699||–|
|Supersonic 10/10 Mbps||R799||–|
|Cool Ideas 20/2 Mbps||R809||–|
|Supersonic 20/2 Mbps||R849||–|
|Supersonic 20/20 Mbps||R899||–|
|Cool Ideas 20/20 Mbps||R909||–|
|Supersonic 20/10 Mbps||–||R949|
|Cool Ideas 20/10 Mbps||–||R999|
|Cool Ideas 100/10 Mbps||R1,119||–|
|Supersonic 100/10 Mbps||R1,199||–|
|Cool Ideas 100/100Mbps||R1,219||–|
|Supersonic 100/100 Mbps||R1,249||–|
|Supersonic 100/50 Mbps||–||R1,499|
|Cool Ideas 100/50 Mbps||–||R1,499|
|Cool Ideas 200/20 Mbps||R1,419||–|
|Supersonic 200/200 Mbps||R1,499||–|
|Cool Ideas 200/200 Mbps||R1,519||–|
|Supersonic 200/100 Mbps||–||R1,749|
|Cool Ideas 200/100 Mbps||–||R2,409|