What is Mobile Data? How do mobile data offerings differ from fixed line services?
Mobile Data, also commonly referred to as 3G is the collection of technologies that make use of the cellular telephone networks to provide broadband Internet connectivity.
Mobile Data fits into a number of roles in South Africa:
The table below summarizes the major differences between Mobile Data and fixed line services:
Fixed Line ADSL
Depends on Cellular Coverage
Depends on Telkom Exchange
Fixed at installed residence
Scales according to coverage from 170kbps (EDGE) up to 21mbps (HSDPA+) HDSPA speeds are also limited by device.
From 2-10mbps depending on exchange and cable length (20-40mbps VDSL at a handful of exchanges)
Low consumption capped packages, no real 'uncapped offering' in SA
High-end caps and uncapped products allowing hundreds of gigs per month.
Cost per GB and out of bundle rates relatively high, no packages suited to bulk downloading, or extensive video streaming, or online gaming.
Very cheap costs per GB and cheap uncapped. Suitable for bulk downloads, video streaming and serious gaming.
Choosing a mobile data product can be a daunting task, but really it does come down to 3fairly simple items:
ADSL Speed Test
MWEB Mail Server Settings
Email Setup Guides
ADSL Setup Guides
Fibre Setup Guides
Mobile Setup Guides