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MWEB slashes uncapped ADSL prices

Published by on Apr 17th, 2012, 34 Comments

MWEB has dropped its 1Mbps uncapped data-only pricing to R199 per month, and will offer a free upgrade to all data only uncapped 384Kbps customers.

The move makes MWEB’s 1Mbps Uncapped data package the most cost effective uncapped, unthrottled ADSL offering in South Africa. This is in-line with MWEB’s aim to make 1Mbps Uncapped ADSL the new entry level uncapped product in South Africa.

MWEB’s existing 1Mbps Uncapped customers will be given a R100 reduction on their monthly bills – a saving of over 33%. 384Kbps customers, who upgrade their ADSL lines to cater for 1Mbps speeds, will see their connection speed more than double on their new 1Mbps uncapped packages, while paying R20 less per month for their data.

Derek Hershaw, CEO of MWEB ISP, says MWEB has made the call to use the 30 percent cut in Telkom’s IP Connect (IPC) pricing in two ways. The ISP will use part of the savings to continue enhancing its Tier 1 network, thereby benefitting all MWEB ADSL customers. MWEB claims that the balance is being used to make 1Mbps Uncapped ADSL the “best internet deal in South Africa” by dropping the price on that product to just R199 per month.

“Since pioneering the launch of uncapped ADSL in South Africa 2 years ago, MWEB has continuously punted an uncapped connection as being key to experiencing the best the Internet has to offer. With increased demand for rich media content, faster speeds have become vital to really enjoying the Internet. We would like to see 1Mbps uncapped packages become the new entry level product for local Internet users.

“To champion this change, MWEB has dropped the price of 1Mbps uncapped ADSL by R100. In the interests of growing fixed-line broadband in SA we look forward to a formal announcement from Telkom to say they’re upgrading all 384Kbps lines to 1Mbps at no extra cost to the end-user,” says Hershaw.

MWEB’s price changes are as follows:

The new pricing will be available immediately to all new customers, while existing MWEB subscribers will be automatically upgraded from 1 June 2012.

Comments

  • George Palmer

    what about 4meg uncapped customers ?

  • http://www.bandwidthblog.com Minnaar Pieters

    Biggest issue is barrier to entry for ADSL users. Good that MWEB focusses on the low end first.

  • Des Drake

    Still does not beat th R99 special for a 1024 kbs that i got at Openweb

  • Herb

    Getting there… one thing of SA I do not miss is the high prices for broadband (not that 1m is very broad at all) 

    as an example I live in Israel here we pay about about R300 for 30meg line uncapped and that includes the line and everything, for R220 you can get 12meg uncapped and for under a grand 100meg uncapped.

  • http://www.facebook.com/goyougoodthing Clint Griffin

    Afrihost, still cheaper

  • Paulvkeys

    I’ll stick with my uncapped 54MB virgin media line :)

  • John

     by miles Clint :)

  • G-man

    1 thing we don’t miss is people like you, will always complain instead of working together, so stay there and dont come back, we will sort out our own problems

  • Sfs

    that special was only for the browsing accounts, this mweb one is the normal browsing and downloading account

  • Alex

    Where is it cheaper.. they R296!!!!

  • Alex

    Its really sad though that MWeb always make the changes first and the rest follow…
    One of the smaller guys needs to take the leap of faith and let Mweb follow THEM!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/AlexCapeTown Alex@Cape_Town

    finally mweb is cheaper than axxess, will have to watch the market reaction to this one..

  • Alex

    I just called Axess… They will have better pricing by the end of the week.

  • Ian1949

    web africa is cheaper

  • Kaizer

    Afrihost is NOT cheaper. You must work for them with that math. They are R297 pm for the same speed.

  • Me

    No they are not. R289 is MORE than R199. Jeez, you people really suck at math.

  • http://twitter.com/garethla Gareth L

    Good to see this becoming more accesible. There is an entire web based economy waiting to take off. 1Mb should be the absolute bear minimum.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jayden.nembahe Jayden Nembahe

    I used to jump ISPs because of my excessive downloading; first I was Mweb, (until I got throttled after 6months ), then to axxess (until I got throttled after a long period, I can’t recall) then jumped to afrihost – they throttles me just after one week (so out of my ISP experiences, Afrihost are the worst but 10/10 with their support) – I then moved back to Mweb and have been with them – and haven’t been throttled. All this is on a 4mb line. So personally, I will never recommend anyone to joing Afrihost.

  • Hans

    Thank you

  • Blignautfam

    Great news, MWEB

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Liam-Costello/591566969 Liam Costello

    sorry buddy, but somewhere along the line somebody messed up with connecting us. I’ve been on a 3 month trip to Denmark and the same think here. Amazing how a reliable, fast and cheap connection can change the way you do things (for the better).

    get a land-line, uncapped internet (there is no such thing as capped, it does not exist) and cable (that’s television to you and I) for a mere R450 for 3 months. That’s also at broadband speeds that blow me away, approx 12mbps when I tested.

    Criticism and customer dissatisfaction is what will get the ball rolling for those firms that have the means to address the problem.

  • Guest0323

    The reason why MWEB is doing this may sound a bit complicated but its actually a simple move by their parent company (NASPERS –> DSTV –> MWEB) to try and control the content their subscribers access i.e. The concept of PAY TV like DSTV is being made redundant by the internet, the only thing you cant get for free on the internet that DSTV offers now is the live Sports & Reality content, think about it, everything else they offer.. you can download for free from a torrent site ( I say free simply because you don’t pay the torrent site but you do pay in a way for your data). So eventually even the Live content on offer will become available cheaper than what DSTV offers it e.g. If you love soccer you can get all the Arsenals, Man U, Chelsea & Liverpool games online for about R50pm (£4pm) per team… cheaper than paying R600 a month.. & im sure in the future an option will be available to pay for only the games you wana watch…

  • Herb

    When I posted this I knew someone will post a remark like yours …. 

    The Internet is one thing I don’t miss there are many I do miss, I love my country and plan to return I am in Israel not to make money but volunteering for what I believe is a good cause.

    So before you get on your soap box remember that not all is always as it seems . . .

  • Jules Malema

    That’s cos you’re in Israel.If it wasn’t cheap, no Jew would get it…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ricus-Nieuwoudt/523142400 Ricus Nieuwoudt

    M-Web this is clearly not good enough, seeing that you have major power in terms of governmental influence, capital and a major user base, surely you could have decreased the Consumer Product to R99 Data Only on a 1024Kbps line speed offering, seeing that this is a Low Turnover High Margin Income stream, with scaled down offers on higher speed packages, it being a High Turnover Low Margin Income stream, and negotiated with Telkom to decrease their prospective 30% reduction in IP Connect Costs to a 50% reduction with immediate effect. It has been stalled for years to bring our economy and infrastrructure in line with First World Countries, and creating a foundation for new breed entrepreneurs, the major flaw in imprisoning us, is Internet Bandwidth and ADSL Line Speeds, however should your CEO take an indepth look into my suggestion you could win over a major portion of Internet Users due to your sound infrastructure and policies.

    The advantages in doing so is:

    i.e. Current Subscribers [Current Offer]                     384Kbps Linespeed           -   100 000

    Revenue                                                                                                            -   R  29  900 000
          

    i.e. Prospective Subscribers [New Offer]         384Kbps – 1024Kbps Linespeed  -   500 000

    Revenue                                                                                                            -   R 145 000 000

    I shall appreciate it if you could inform the public as to the outcome of my suggestions and your decision, it is after all the consumer you are offering a service to and indirectly we are responsible for your salaries and other operting expenses, if it weren’t for passionate internet users, you would not have existed. 

    Maybe this is an opportunity not to be taken lightly.

    Kind Regards

    Ricus Nieuwoudt

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ricus-Nieuwoudt/523142400 Ricus Nieuwoudt

    M-Web this is clearly not good enough, seeing that you have major power in terms of governmental influence, capital and a major user base, surely you could have decreased the Consumer Product to R99 Data Only on a 1024Kbps line speed offering, seeing that this is a Low Turnover High Margin Income stream, with scaled down offers on higher speed packages, it being a High Turnover Low Margin Income stream, and negotiated with Telkom to decrease their prospective 30% reduction in IP Connect Costs to a 50% reduction with immediate effect. It has been stalled for years to bring our economy and infrastrructure in line with First World Countries, and creating a foundation for new breed entrepreneurs, the major flaw in imprisoning us, is Internet Bandwidth and ADSL Line Speeds, however should your CEO take an indepth look into my suggestion you could win over a major portion of Internet Users due to your sound infrastructure and policies.

    The advantages in doing so is i.e.:

    Current Subscribers [Current Cost R219] 384Kbps Linespeed                      – 100 000

    Revenue                                                                                                    – R   21  900 000

    Current Subscribers [Current Offer R199] 384Kbps – 1024Kbps Linespeed – 100 000

    Revenue                                                                                                    - R    19 900 000

    Prospective Subscribers [New Offer R99]   384Kbps – 1024Kbps Linespeed – 500 000

    Revenue                                                                                                     – R    49 500 000

    I shall appreciate it if you could inform the public as to the outcome of my suggestions and your decision, it is after all the consumer you are offering a service to and indirectly we are responsible for your salaries and other operting expenses, if it weren’t for passionate internet users, you would not have existed.

    Maybe this is an opportunity not to be taken lightly.

    Kind Regards

    Ricus Nieuwoudt

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ricus-Nieuwoudt/523142400 Ricus Nieuwoudt

    M-Web this is clearly not good enough, seeing that you have major power in terms of governmental influence, capital and a major user base, surely you could have decreased the Consumer Product to R99 Data Only on a 1024Kbps line speed offering, seeing that this is a Low Turnover High Margin Income stream, with scaled down offers on higher speed packages, it being a High Turnover Low Margin Income stream, and negotiated with Telkom to decrease their prospective 30% reduction in IP Connect Costs to a 50% reduction with immediate effect. It has been stalled for years to bring our economy and infrastrructure in line with First World Countries, and creating a foundation for new breed entrepreneurs, the major flaw in imprisoning us, is Internet Bandwidth and ADSL Line Speeds, however should your CEO take an indepth look into my suggestion you could win over a major portion of Internet Users due to your sound infrastructure and policies. The advantages in doing so is i.e.: Current Subscribers [Current Cost R219] 384Kbps Linespeed                               - 100 000 Revenue                                                                                                                - R 21 900 000Current Subscribers [Current Offer R199] 384Kbps – 1024Kbps Linespeed          - 100 000 Revenue                                                                                                                – R 19 900 000

    Current Subscribers [New Offer R99] 384Kbps – 1024Kbps Linespeed                 - 100 000

    Revenue                                                                                                                  - R 9 900 000

    Prospective Subscribers [New Offer R99] 384Kbps – 1024Kbps Linespeed           – 500 000 Revenue                                                                                                                – R 49 500 000 I shall appreciate it if you could inform the public as to the outcome of my suggestions and your decision, it is after all the consumer you are offering a service to and indirectly we are responsible for your salaries and other operting expenses, if it weren’t for passionate internet users, you would not have existed. Maybe this is an opportunity not to be taken lightly. Kind Regards Ricus Nieuwoudt

  • Sebastienctrussell

    Now they need to do this for the 4MB Uncapped .. hehehehe :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Neil-From-earth/100003564259155 Neil From-earth

    That is like me saying all blacks are stupid, and all muslims are terrorists. I don’t know if you are a terrorist but I know from your comment you are stupid and a f%^king anti-semite. You farging icehole. 

  • KapteinSkuim

    Sjoe that was a bit uncalled for G-Man. I hope you are not the G-Man I know

  • NotHappyAboutInternetZa

    @4050195cd873ea19cec98a1a84ff72ba:disqus Herb has a point,its not like Telkom doesn’t have the money,why waste time with doing minor patches to the problem,they should get t3 or LED lines(yes those do exist and are being implemented to replace cell towers ,these LED connections i quote ”
    a change too quick for the human eye to detect, he can transmit far more data than a cellular tower – and do it in a way that’s more efficient, secure and widespread. ” so not long until we have wireless signals transmitting even faster than t3 lines.”

    My point being why bandage the problem like telkom is doing? go get the technology ,Europe is using t3 lines ,sweeden is using powerline cables (there power lines are basically like enhanced t3 lines…)UK are usng t3 lines and offering lovely 50-100meg speeds for free with Cellphone contact…..as @9f01bdb3351b5795ac9b49c4a8d14d95:disqus said Israel a war/rough country even has 100meg uncapped for under R1000..why the hell hasn’t telkom not done this yet,i will tell you why..Telkom has teamed up with ISP’s to supply “internet ADSL” to the entire country , oh lovely so the people in squatter camps can get internet (1meg speed now) if they gave us 50meg speeds companies internet wouldn’t be going down all the time and they wouldn’t be losing money because of it and not having to Shaft half there employee’s thus keeping the jobs safer and expanding getting those people out of such harsh area’s.

    We can’t go forward as a country when 4meg line costs R2000/month.we have a country run by greedy uneducated politicians. look in Johannesburg our government allowed a group of “private companies” to go put up a toll for a % of the profit… now what? people found out how illegal it is and poof 1.3tril Rand gone! basically the government rented out our Public roads to Belgium,now thats not going to happen they are going to tax any bastard earning over X amount every month because they stuffed up.

    I say this, go to UK you have 5 or 6 “telkoms” all competing for customers,forcing them to have good customer relations and good prices,here we have just 1 “telkom” so they don’t give a flying F#C# about what there customers need.

  • WEbbdys

    Biggest issue is they are still fucking robbing us just like Telkom. Theres no excuse for the prices and this countries poor infastucture

  • Andrei

    My line is 1MB but im still getting 384kbps speeds

  • Gerrit Thysse

    and now they decide that terms and conditions apply, nowhere here do they mention that excessive usage will result in slower line speed to it`s “uncapped” clients……..so sad mweb…….

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