All this warmongering is just getting both sides heated and not thinking straight.
I understand Steve Whites point about maintainence is a valid arguement BUT it's still not acceptible to charge what they do. Yes the foreign providers bundle the charge with the service, but it's still way less than the local line access charge. Out of interest a fairly good 24 port DSLAM is about $4000-5000, which is about R1500 per port, so that's their installation costs out the window.
I don't mind having to pay a minor support fee, say 10% of the August prices to Telkom/"The provider" (so about R27pm). it's doesn't bother me too much if that is hidden in an ISP cost or transparent.
The key arguement is that total cost of a decent ADSL service is 4x what it should be. How they split the cost is between them and the ISPs.
Telkoms biggest own-goal is their continued arguement about economy of scale.
The idiots guide version:
If you dropped your @[email protected] prices, you'd get your @$@#ing 500000 users, and more, in a flash.
"Dear Mr White
The longer you wait the more people will still be undecided by the time the SNO gets competitive. Even if that's 2007. The longer people have to wait, the more likely they are to be disgruntled by your service and the more likely they are to choose your competitor.
Your company made a Multi Billion rand plus profit last year, so stop whining about a 1 Billion rand network. Stop firing people, allocate them to the ADSL roll out, and get deploy enough DSLAM ports to support a growing economy.