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Southern African ADSL costs

By   |  April 30, 2007

South Africa, despite being far and away the most developed country in Southern Africa, does not outdo its neighbours on Internet connectivity.

Tectonic did a little digging into ADSL costs in Botswana, Angola, Mozambique, Lesotho and Zimbabwe to see just where South Africa fits into the regional picture.

Direct comparisons are fairly difficult, with differing package compositions, different languages and problematic currency conversions. So instead of compiling everything into a table, all the information that was gathered has been displayed as best.

Interestingly, and adding further testament to the poor state of South Africa’s telecoms industry, the Telkom ADSL line was down during the writing of this article.

As a basis of comparison, the following figures on Telkom’s newest and most competitive offering (see story) have been used:

384 Kbps with a 1GB cap for R279
384 Kbps with a 2GB cap for R364
4 Mbps with a 3GB cap for R675

These costs include the Telkom ISP cost, but exclude the cost of the analogue line.


Botswana’s national provider, BTC has the following offers:

256 Kbps download with 64 Kbps upload for R222
512 Kbps download and 128 Kbps upload for R353
768 Kbps download and 256 Kbps upload for R458

Standard Installation costs R327, while an extended installation which includes indoor cabling, costs R458. These costs exclude the costs of the analogue line rental and ISP.


Mozambique’s national supplier, TDM, offers the following:

128 Kbps download, 64 KBps upload with 1GB cap for R276
128 Kbps download, 64 KBps upload with 3GB cap for R414
128 Kbps download, 64 KBps upload with 4GB cap for R525
256 Kbps download, 128 KBps upload with 7GB cap for R663
512 Kbps download, 256 KBps upload with 10GB cap for R829
1024 Kbps download, 512 KBps upload with 14GB cap for R1160
2048 Kbps download, 1024 KBps upload with 20GB cap for R1492

Each of these packages include an additional 1GB which can only be used between the hours of midnight and 6am. Installation for each package costs R166 and additional bandwidth costs R18 per additional 100MB


Lesotho’s provider, Telecom Lesotho, offers the following:

192 Kbps download, 64 Kbps upload for R300
384 Kbps download, 128 Kbps upload for R370
512 Kbps download, 192 Kbps upload for R450
1024 Kbps download, 256 Kbps upload for R600


Angola’s national provider, Angola Telecom, offers the following:

256 Kbps: Basic for R793, Plus for R1 199
512 Kbps: Basic for R1193, Plus for R1 999

On the English version of the website, there is no indication as to what the difference is between the “Basic” and “Plus” service, nor is there any mention of a cap on the service.
Installation costs R480.


Zimbabwe Online, offers the following (please see note for explanation on conversions to rands):

64 Kbps download: 300MB for R55, 750MB for R77, 1.75GB for R113
128 Kbps download: 600MB for R66, 1.5GB for R104, 3.5GB for R177
256 Kbps download: 1.2GB for R87, 3GB for R159, 7GB for R303
512 Kbps download: 2.4GB for R131, 6GB for R266, 14GB for R555
1024 Kbps download: 4.8GB for R217, 12GB for R482, 28GB for R1 059

Using the official exchange rate, all rand amounts are in thousands. However, the black market rates, more indicative of the currency’s true value, are roughly 100 times that of the official rate. For example, the 64 Kbps service with the 300MB cap would officially convert to R55 000, while the realistic black market equivalent would place the service at a cost of R550.


Telecom Namibia do not appear to have an ADSL service on offer, but they do have ISDN (see rates). They also have a wireless broadband service (see rates).


2 Responses to “Southern African ADSL costs”

  1. Ian
    May 2nd, 2007 @ 12:00 am

    Hi James

    Great article. I\’m disappointed to hear about Namibia, as they were supposed to roll out ADSL by the end of 2006 (see

  2. incautius
    May 4th, 2007 @ 12:00 am

    Ah yes but with the single exception of Angola, which has it\’s own SAT3 landing point, all the countries you surveyed get their international bandwidth from Telkom. The only other possible source is satellite and that\’s both expensive and in rather short supply at present. Sadly, the picture is not much better in countries not strangled by Telkom – those further north. Most seem to have adopted Telkom\’s rapacious model. However, reports indicate that Nigeria may be an exception but I couldn\’t find anyone to confirm this.

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