100 Mbps Triple Play Service for R 436-00
Consumers often complain about South Africa?s exorbitant ADSL prices, and it is sometimes good to understand why people in the know slate Telkom?s rates.
In South Africa consumers generally pay a few hundred Rands per month for a basic ADSL connection with a usage limit of around 3 GB. When compared with international offerings on a fair basis ? which involves a Cost/Mbps/GB comparison ? it emerges that local ADSL subscribers are paying as much as 7 000% more than their international counterparts.
This is however all very technical and a basic example may serve to illustrate how far South Africa is lagging behind developed countries.
Orange SA ? which operates in Paris - recently launched their 100 Mbps triple play service, offering an uncapped 100 Mbps broadband connection, 51 channel television service and unlimited phone calls. The price - R 436-00 a month.
This is however not the best deal in town ? Paris that is. Free, a competing French ISP, announced a ?30 ? or R 290-00 - a month triple play offering which includes a 50 Mbps Internet connection, free phone calls to 42 countries and high-definition television.
This offer is essentially a combination of an uncapped ADSL connection, your full-bouquet DSTV service, the best Telkom Closer call plan, and unlimited international phone calls for a flat rate of under R 300-00 per month.
When looking at these offerings it becomes blatantly clear why knowledgeable local consumers cry foul at Telkom?s fixed line broadband rates and why a massive digital divide has developed between the developed world and developing countries like South Africa.