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MWeb cuts Vumatel fibre prices

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Image: Barta IV (CC BY 2.0)

MWeb has cut the price of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband in areas where last-mile fibre specialist Vumatel provides infrastructure.

The Internet service provider said on Tuesday that it is also increasing data cap sizes at the same time as cutting prices.

Details about the cap changes and new prices are contained in the table below:

Data supplied by MWeb

Data supplied by MWeb

Meanwhile, MWeb head of products Rihana Hoosain said the company is also launching partnerships with Frogfoot Networks (recently acquired by Vox Telecom) and Fibrehoods in a number of areas, including Constantia, Parkview, Craighall and Century City. New products will be launched for these companies’ networks in the “coming weeks”, Hoosain said.

Hoosain said that MWeb is seeing a “marked increase” in the number of people converting to and interested in FTTH as general awareness about the availability of fibre grows in the South African market.

“We have seen a 10% increase in page views of fibre-related pages on our website from May to October and over 80 000 page views on www.mweb.co.za/fibre in the same period,” said Hoosain.  — (c) 2015 NewsCentral Media

  • LudMeister

    Still not the cheapest and you have a cap. I currently have 25mps uncapped for the same price as 20mbps with 500gb cap.

  • Greg Mahlknecht

    Need to bump up those bottom-end caps, but certainly a step in the right direction. Compares very favourably to Telkom’s FTTH products, attached here. Mweb is important as next to Telkom they’re the ones who are going to push FTTH awareness more than any other company.

  • Dave Baker

    Good news to the Vuma customers.
    I think we are going to see many such announcements.

    When Telkom next cut IPC there will be another spate of announcements.

    Competition is good…

  • Greg Mahlknecht

    Indeed – although I’m waiting for VOX to start using their Frogfoot acquisition – where that’s been rolled out, the capped products are head and shoulders above other products and that should spark a price war – I don’t think Mweb/Telkom are going to drive prices very low, they’ll happily settle on a soft collusion kind of arrangement with inflated prices.

  • Dave Baker

    Agreed but it doesn’t matter.
    There are 22 (at last count) companies reselling Openserve Fibre.

    Competition from VUMA, 123, Link Africa, DFA etc. drives Telkom to compete at a wholesale level.
    The more pervasive fibre becomes the more Telkom will lower their IPC the more ISPs will compete with each other.

    They don’t need to be the cheapest and I don’t need to be on the cheapest.

    What I want for SA is the maximum number of people possible enjoying fibre and the opportunities it brings.
    The market will sort out the rest.

    It is for that reason I cheer for all NOPs rolling out fibre.
    I think some are better than others but the worst one is probably very good.

  • Andrew Fraser

    Quite aggressive, but not necessarily the best value. Vox’s additional value of VOIP line and mobile data still looks a bit better on their fatpipe contacts. (and data rolls over).

    Nice to see some movement though.