We compared fibre prices in South Africa
South Africa has some of the most expensive broadband connectivity (ADSL) in the world, coming in at 97 out of 196 countries.
But 16 years since ADSL was introduced in the country, fibre-to-the-home internet connections have now come to dominate the market.
Vox Telecom came out the cheapest in Business Insider South Africa's price comparison, but excludes an R1,008 setup cost which all the other internet providers included in their price.
What is the difference between fibre and ADSL?
Fibre transmits information as light impulses along flexible glass fibres at incredible speed, allowing users to achieve speeds of up to 1,000Mbps, internet service provider Mweb said.
Running on its own optic network means users will not be dependant on Telkom copper lines and will therefore not pay the additional R199 per month for internet connection.
ADSL runs over existing Telkom copper wire infrastructure which can be unreliable, heavily contended, and offers average speeds of around 4Mbps.
The only drawback of fibre is that it is not widely available, and usually concentrated to dense urban areas.
How much internet do you need?
Business Insider South Africa previously reported that an average internet user requires about a 4Mbps per second line for watching YouTube videos, and using services like Facebook and Instagram. For online gaming and watching HD videos an 8Mbps is required.
As soon as you have more than one person using the same internet connection, the line speed needs to double to ensure a smooth experience for everyone.
Netflix recommends a minimum 3Mbps connection for watching standard quality videos, and 5Mbps for high definition videos.
Business Insider South Africa compared the cheapest Fibre prices for uncapped internet at some of South Africa's largest internet service providers. The cheapest option in every speed category is in bold.
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