Fibre price war in South Africa after wholesale changes

A fibre price war has started in South Africa after Openserve announced major changes to its wholesale offering.

Openserve is South Africa’s biggest fixed broadband provider and covers over 2.4 million households with fibre – either directly to the home (FTTH) or the cabinet (FTTC).

The network provider also has plans to provide fibre-to-the-home to its entire FTTC footprint, which is great news for current DSL subscribers.

As part of its fibre drive, Openserve implemented speed upgrades and price cuts on its Fibre Connect and Copper Connect products today.

The most significant change is its phasing out of 10Mbps and 20Mbps services, which were upgraded to 25Mbps and 50Mbps speeds for free.

“As part of the speed upgrade, there will be no additional costs from Openserve impacting ISP partners directly,” Openserve said.

Openserve added that it is offering incentives to its ISP partners to enable them to easily upgrade their customers.

Internet Service Providers (ISPs), including Afrihost, Cool Ideas, Axxess, Supersonic, and Mweb, were quick to respond to Openserve’s wholesale changes.

On 9 February Afrihost informed its fibre clients who use Openserve infrastructure that they will receive free line speed upgrades in March.

Axxess followed suit on 17 February, saying almost all of its Openserve Fibre customers will be getting their line speeds upgraded for free.

These speed upgrades will result in customers’ speeds being doubled at no extra cost, and the upgrades will be permanent.

Last week, Mweb launched its new Openserve fibre products, which include a symmetrical 25Mbps service for R499 per month.

Openserve fibre prices in South Africa

MyBroadband compared the newly launched Openserve ISP products from prominent ISPs in the table below.

It should be noted that some popular service providers, like Vox, are not included as their new Openserve prices have not been announced yet.

Openserve Fibre Prices in South Africa
ISPDownload SpeedUpload SpeedPrice
Mweb25Mbps25MbpsR499
Afrihost25Mbps25MbpsR597
Cool Ideas25Mbps25MbpsR599
Axxess25Mbps25MbpsR645
Supersonic25Mbps25MbpsR699
 
Mweb50Mbps25MbpsR739
Afrihost50Mbps25MbpsR797
Axxess50Mbps25MbpsR805
Cool Ideas50Mbps25MbpsR819
Supersonic50Mbps25MbpsR849
 
Mweb100Mbps50MbpsR899
Afrihost100Mbps50MbpsR917
Axxess100Mbps50MbpsR935
Cool Ideas100Mbps50MbpsR999
Supersonic100Mbps50MbpsR1,049
 
Mweb200Mbps100MbpsR1,049
Afrihost200Mbps100MbpsR1,117
Axxess200Mbps100MbpsR1,135
Supersonic200Mbps100MbpsR1,195
Cool Ideas200Mbps100MbpsR1,199

Source: MyBroadband

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