Explanation of Telkom ADSL line, pricing and its procedures (in plain english)

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We’ve been using our wireless ISP for uncapped internet access but lately the service has been down morethan up. I’ve been doing some research into an ISP that is able to supply us with ADSL. I don’t know if you’ve had a look at the Telkom website to make sense of the ADSL pricing structure but I’m sure the minimum requirement to make sense of the Telkom DSL pricing structure & ADSL installation procedure is a Phd.

A quick search for an ISP in my LinkedIn network reveals Giovanni Da Costa +27 (0)84 461 8828 of Liveweb, a Cape Town ISP. Sent him an email asking him to explain the Telkom DSL line, pricing and its procedures in plain English and in less than an hour…

Ok, first thing first.

Explanation of Telkom DSL line and its procedures.

Firstly I will place the order for you upon your requirements so do not worry about that.

Telkom Charges

  • Order a 384, 512 or 1 meg Line
  • Costs R245, R362 or R516 pm (incl VAT) respectively
  • Installation of ADSL costs R437.50 (incl VAT) once off
  • Please note that the 1 meg line can be upgraded to a 4 meg line at no extra cost.

ISP Charges

  • ISP’s can charge any where from R200 – R350 for 3 Gig package

Now to connect you do require Hardware to connect, As said I would recommend going to for Linksys, R600 for a Cable DSL router or R900 for a wireless DSL router. Since you have Wireless equipment already I would recommend going for the Cable DSL router.

LiveWeb normally charges a R400 installation fee to setup the DSL router for your network.

Wow, I do not have to call Telkom! As I was preparing this post our phone rang, Telkom called us ๐Ÿ™‚

I think this has been the most painless interaction with Telkom yet.

[update]

Mweb now offer uncapped ADSL

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