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Telkom Upgrades Broadband Packages



Telkom has bumped up the allotted bandwidth on its InternetAccess and Do Broadband 2 and Do 3 packages by up to 4 GB’s extra per month for the same cost.

Below is a breakdown of the changes:

Current Package Blended data amount that package is increased by New Package Price Local Bandwidth
3 GB TelkomInternet AllAccess Standard 2 GB Blended data 5 GB TelkomInternet AllAccess Standard R149.00 20 GB
5 GB TelkomInternet AllAccess Advance 4 GB Blended data 9 GB TelkomInternet AllAccess Advance R239.00 30 GB
5 GB TelkomInternet AllAccess Premium 4 GB Blended data 9 GB TelkomInternet AllAccess Premium R259.00 30 GB
5 GB TelkomInternet AllAccess Business 4 GB Blended data 9 GB TelkomInternet AllAccess Business R284.00 30 GB

However, most gamers who utilise Telkom as an ISP will be on the Do Broadband packages where line rental and bandwidth are bundled together and discounted.

The bandwidth on the Do Broadband 1 package remains at one GB, while the bandwidth on the Do 2 and Do 3 packages has been bumped up. Local bandwidth allocation after cap is reached remains the same.

Below is a breakdown of the changes.

Do BB Level DSL Access Line Internet Packages Blended data Hard cap value Price Free Local Only data on promotion
Do 1 Fast DSL - 384 kbps based on broadband technology 1 GB Shaped TelkomInternet AllAccess 1 GB R199.00 10 GB
Do 2 Fast DSL - 384 kbps based on broadband technology 5 GB Shaped TelkomInternet AllAccess 'New' 5 GB R258.00 20 GB
Do 3 Fastest DSL - 4096 kbps based on broadband technology 9 GB Shaped TelkomInternet AllAccess 'New' 9 GB R554.00 30 GB

What this means

For the average household in South Africa, this is extremely good news. Let’s look at a general breakdown of costs for the average Internet user in South Africa:

Telkom charges R554 (Telkom Do Broadband 3), which includes the line rental, nine GB of bandwidth and 30GB of local bandwidth once users have reached cap. The modem is free on a two year contract.

This makes the per GB cost of bandwidth from Telkom around R31.50 per GB, making it one of the most affordable packages on the market.

While the average user and even gamers may consider uncapped services, it’s important to understand the difference between the two offerings.

Uncapped offerings on a 4MB line come in around R900 with bandwidth and line rental combined. The difference between this offering and a Do Broadband 3 account is R346.

Now if users utilise the nine GB on their account and then switch over to the cheapest per GB price on the market, R346 will buy them 11.93GB of bandwidth. Add that to the nine GB on a Do Broadband 3 package and users will have almost 21GB to use.

There are other factors to consider as well. There is the 30GB of local bandwidth made available after cap (On Do 3) which will allow users access to banking sites, news, entertainment, online shopping, travel sites and more (all hosted locally) and of course demos, patches, videos etc. off Do Gaming.

If users add on the 30GB of local bandwidth to the 21GB of blended bandwidth, then they may have to spend as much as 50GB of bandwidth before uncapped becomes worth the money spent.

For the most part, this article unpacks the new offering from Telkom for the average Internet user in South Africa.

Gamers can also use the local bandwidth for their gaming after they have reached their cap. Traffic Splitter or Route Sentry is helpful in splitting international bandwidth and local bandwidth when accessing internationally or locally hosted services.

While some gamers do utilise more bandwidth and have therefore turned to uncapped offerings, there are other things for gamers to consider: the reliability of the service, the ping, contention ratios, throttling of users, the shaping of traffic to prevent certain kinds of traffic and the fact that if the number of users on uncapped increases, these factors will likely be magnified further.

For more information on Telkom upgrading its lines to 10MB, click here.



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