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Vumatel to offer 200Mbit/s home fibre

Vumatel will introduce a new, 200Mbit/s fibre-to-the-home offering on 1 August, according to several Internet service providers.

The company itself is not saying anything — a spokeswoman was unable to comment immediately when contacted on Wednesday by TechCentral — but several ISPs have said in private that they intend introducing 200Mbit/s offerings on the Vumatel network.

Vumatel’s biggest rival, Telkom-owned Openserve, offers speeds of up to 100Mbit/s across its fibre-to-the-home network.

Afrihost was first out of the blocks to formally unveil new pricing on Wednesday, revealing in a statement that it plans to drop the price of its 100Mbit/s Vumatel offerings on 1 August, while introducing the new 200Mbit/s products.

“These changes allow us to be more competitive and offer better solutions to a wider range of clients,” Afrihost said in the statement.

It said it will now offer an uncapped 200Mbit/s symmetrical connection (same speed downlink and uplink) starting at R1 497/month. A premium uncapped 200Mbit/s option will cost R1 897/month, while a priority uncapped offering will fetch R2 097/month, it said.

Asymmetrical options, offering 200Mbit/s down and 20Mbit/s up, will cost R1 397/month for a home uncapped option, R1 697/month for premium uncapped and R1 997/month for priority uncapped, Afrihost said.

At the same time, the ISP is cutting the price of its symmetrical and asymmetrical 100Mbit/s Vumatel packages (full details in the table below).

Table supplied by Afrihost

Cool Ideas, another ISP, has also published new 200Mbit/s pricing on its website, offering an uncapped symmetrical connection on Vumatel for R1 499/month. An asymmetrical option fetches R100 less than that. – © 2017 NewsCentral Media

3 Comments

  1. Dave Baker on

    Looks like fun.

    I have a 100 / 50 Mbs Openserve product via Web Africa. I am delighted with it and we never stretch it.

    Having said that if Openserve launched a 200 Mb/s product … I would buy it… why? because there isn’t a 1 Gb/s product..

  2. The Emperor has no clothes... on

    I’m on Vumatel 100/100 and I’ll be on 200/200 the second it is open to order. Why? Because I can and it’s a bargain at the price!

  3. Ofentse Letsholo on

    Yeah i sense next year they will introduce 500Mbps… and prices will be dropping, it’s unfortunate fibre is in selected areas only for now but it is growing.

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