One of the major downsides to the current electricity crisis in South Africa is the loss of a fixed Internet connection.
There are ways to mitigate this problem however, and one of them is to purchase a fixed-LTE broadband package to continue browsing when the lights go out.
These packages are available from all major operators except Rain, which discontinued its fixed-LTE product last year.
To see how they compare, we looked at the fixed-LTE products available directly from local operators Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, and Telkom.
For the comparison, fixed-LTE packages available from mobile operators, including SIM-only products, were considered.
Cell C offers a number of LTE-A SIM-only deals on its website, with capped packages ranging from 15GB to 200GB in capacity.
Vodacom offers two LTE-A deals directly to customers, bundled with a Huawei B618 router and AnyTime and Night Owl data.
MTN’s Made for Me Home LTE-A offerings include a Huawei B612 router and include capped packages ranging from 15GB to 110GB in size.
Telkom offers the widest selection of fixed-LTE deals to customers, with promotional data available on all capped products along with a separate uncapped package.
It should be noted that the uncapped fixed-LTE package offered by Telkom comes with a strict fair-usage policy.
The best fixed-LTE deals available directly from South African mobile operators are below.
|LTE-A Data Plan + Huawei B618||50GB Anytime + 50GB Night Owl||R699|
|LTE-A Data Plan + Huawei B618||100GB Anytime + 100GB Night Owl||R999|
|MTN Made for Me Home + Huawei B612||15GB Anytime + 15GB Night Express||R369|
|MTN Made for Me Home + Huawei B612||30GB Anytime + 30GB Night Express||R669|
|MTN Made for Me Home + Huawei B612||60GB Anytime + 60GB Night Express||R1,069|
|MTN Made for Me Home + Huawei B612||110GB Anytime + 110GB Night Express||R1,469|
|Cell C LTE-A SIM Only||15GB||R150|
|Cell C LTE-A SIM Only||25GB||R241|
|Cell C LTE-A SIM Only||50GB||R289|
|Cell C LTE-A SIM Only||100GB||R469|
|Cell C LTE-A SIM Only||200GB||R789|
|SmartBroadband Wireless + Huawei B525||10GB Anytime + 10GB Night Surfer||R249|
|SmartBroadband Wireless SIM Only||20GB Anytime + 20GB Night Surfer||R355|
|SmartBroadband Wireless SIM Only||40GB Anytime + 40GB Night Surfer||R455|
|SmartBroadband Wireless SIM Only||60GB Anytime + 60GB Night Surfer||R555|
|SmartBroadband Wireless + Huawei B525||100GB Anytime + 100GB Night Surfer||R759|
|SmartBroadband Wireless + Huawei B525||200GB Anytime + 200GB Night Surfer||R1,059|
|SmartBroadband Wireless + Huawei B525||Uncapped (150GB FUP)||R899|