After MWEB released its uncapped Internet offering companies are starting to play catch up.
Late last week, MWEB released its uncapped broadband offering, sparking a change in the way we perceive the Internet, how we use it, and migrating South Africa into a new era of unlimited connectivity.
Today Afrihost (@afrihost and @gianvisser) unveiled its own uncapped ADSL offering with offerings that look competitive when you don’t factor in the line rental, and even going so far as to tout on the 8Mbps line offering once our fine shores reach the 8Mbps capacity throughput (although this is still a stretch from the International community).
But when you delve into MWEB’s pricing and the consumer all-inclusive packages, we see that MWEB still beats Afrihost, although the difference isn't too great overall. When looking at the cost involved of the uncapped offerings, we need to look at the overall cost, that is, also including the line rental:
384 Kbps – R349 R197 + R152 = R349
512 Kbps – R599 R297 + R326 = R623
4 Mbps – R899 R497 + R413 = R910
However fans and loyalists to the company will hopefully continue to support Afrihost, as the company was the first to really partake in the price restructuring by offering their broadband at literally the cheapest rates around at R29 per gig. Coupled with their frequent buy-one-get-one free offerings, they still have the potential to make great waves in the broadband wars.
Troubling though, is that the line rental has become the higher cost than the uncapped offerings themselves. With Telkom’s monopoly over the ADSL line rental business, the country is still doomed to suffer from a lack of connectivity because the Internet is still something that only the marginally wealthy can afford.
For the Internet to truly become something that everybody can use (and allow all the price wars of uncapped connectivity truly effective), Telkom needs to step up and into the challenge of reducing it’s own prices to further fuel the positive change that MWEB started.