The big South African fibre war has begun

Afrihost launched its new Pure Fibre products this week, offering subscribers a fibre solution that it is uncapped, unshaped, unthrottled, and unmetered.

To encourage users to switch to Afrihost Pure Fibre, the ISP is offering up to R5,000 in value to new clients.

The value includes free installation and activation, a Wi-Fi router, and up to 2 months’ free service.

As one of the largest ISPs in South Africa, Afrihost’s aggressive Pure Fibre products will put pressure on other service providers to react.

Fibre providers fighting for subscribers

While the latest move by Afrihost was not as aggressive as its R29-per-GB ADSL product in 2009 and MWEB’s affordable uncapped ADSL products in 2010, it is still noteworthy.

With its new uncapped pricing and great value proposition, it will be enticing for broadband users to consider this service.

In fact, Afrihost’s new products were enough to encourage Axxess to respond within two days with its own new uncapped products.

Axxess unveiled new uncapped fibre products with “no thresholds, no throttling, and no shaping” at lower prices than its current offerings.

It is clear that South African ISPs are now fighting to sign up both existing and new fibre users, and are using aggressive pricing and value-adds to attract consumers.

This fibre war is good news for consumers, who will see better service levels and lower prices for their fibre access.

Uncapped fibre prices in South Africa

The table below provides an overview of how Afrihost’s and Axxess’ new fibre products compared with competing products in the market from a handful of prominent ISPs.

We compared symmetrical packages on Vumatel (lines with equivalent upload and download speeds) with Openserve’s asymmetrical packages, as the latter does not offer symmetrical lines.

Openserve Fibre
ISP Speed Installation Fee Activation Router Monthly Price
Cool Ideas 10Mbps / 5Mbps Free Free Free R499
Axxess 10Mbps / 5Mbps Free Free Free R645
Telkom 10Mbps / 5Mbps Yes – Fee uncertain Free R1,300 R649
Afrihost 10Mbps / 5Mbps Free Free Free R667
Supersonic 10Mbps / 5Mbps Free Free Free R699
Afrihost 20Mbps / 10Mbps Free Free Free R797
Axxess 20Mbps / 10Mbps Free Free Free R805
Telkom 20Mbps / 10Mbps Yes – Fee uncertain Free R1,300 R899
Supersonic 20Mbps / 10Mbps Free Free Free R949
Cool Ideas 20Mbps / 10Mbps Free Free Free R999
Afrihost 40Mbps / 20Mbps Free Free Free R917
Axxess 40Mbps / 20Mbps Free Free Free R935
Supersonic 40Mbps / 20Mbps Free Free Free R1,199
Telkom 40Mbps / 20Mbps Yes – Fee uncertain Free R1,300 R1,199
Cool Ideas 40Mbps / 20Mbps Free Free Free R1,299
Afrihost 100Mbps / 50Mbps Free Free Free R1,117
Axxess 100Mbps / 50Mbps Free Free Free R1,135
Supersonic 100Mbps / 50Mbps Free Free Free R1,249
Cool Ideas 100Mbps / 50Mbps Free Free Free R1,499
Telkom 100Mbps / 50Mbps Yes – Fee uncertain Free R1,300 R1,499
Afrihost 200Mbps / 100Mbps Free Free Free R1,497
Axxess 200Mbps / 100Mbps Free Free Free R1,505
Supersonic 200Mbps / 100Mbps Free Free Free R1,749
Telkom 200Mbps / 100Mbps Yes – Fee uncertain Free R1,300 R1,799
Cool Ideas 200Mbps / 100Mbps Free Free Free R2,409
Vumatel Fibre
ISP Speed Installation Fee Activation Router Monthly Price
Afrihost 10Mbps / 10Mbps Free Free Free R647
Supersonic 10Mbps / 10Mbps Free Free Free R649
Cool Ideas 10Mbps / 10Mbps R1,725 Free Free R699
Axxess 10Mbps / 10Mbps Free Free Free R705
Afrihost 20Mbps / 20Mbps Free Free Free R857
Axxess 20Mbps / 20Mbps Free Free Free R865
Supersonic 20Mbps / 20Mbps Free Free Free R899
Cool Ideas 20Mbps / 20Mbps R1,725 Free Free R909
Telkom 20Mbps / 20Mbps R1,725 R1,008 R1,300 R1,008
Supersonic 50Mbps / 50Mbps Free Free Free R1,029
Afrihost 50Mbps / 50Mbps Free Free Free R1,067
Cool Ideas 50Mbps / 50Mbps R1,725 Free Free R1,069
Axxess 50Mbps / 50Mbps Free Free Free R1,075
Telkom 50Mbps / 50Mbps R1,725 R1,008 R1,300 R1,614
Afrihost 100Mbps / 100Mbps Free Free Free R1,197
Supersonic 100Mbps / 100Mbps Free Free Free R1,179
Axxess 100Mbps / 100Mbps Free Free Free R1,205
Cool Ideas 100Mbps / 100Mbps R1,725 Free Free R1,219
Telkom 100Mbps / 100Mbps R1,725 R1,008 R1,300 R2,219
Axxess 1Gbps / 100Mbps Free Free Free R1,495
Afrihost 1Gbps / 100Mbps Free Free Free R1,497
Cool Ideas 1Gbps / 100Mbps R1,725 Free Free R1,499
Supersonic 1Gbps / 100Mbps Free Free Free R2,599

Now read: Afrihost launches Pure Fibre – No shaping, throttling, or usage limits

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