For all Home and Business ADSL users that are on the 1024kbps line, will, starting September, have their line speed increased up to 4mbps. I think 4mbps is the maximum speed that a telephone exchange can go, so once 4mbps becomes the norm here in SA, don’t expect it to go any faster. True broadband in SA is still a long way off. To think, Namibia just last month release their very first 24 hour always on connection. A wireless solution from Mweb, that connects at a maximum 56kbps. But with very few towers, connection can never be guaranteed.
The problem with this 4mbps connection is, that even though your will have a faster connection, you not going to experience a massive increase in web browsing speed. Not all South African hosting providers can give every internet user that type of speed, so in essence, the biggest difference you will experience is download speeds to sites hosted internationally.
If you come across a 384kbps connection, browse a couple of local sites. Then when you back at the office, try browsing those same sites with your 1024kbps connection. Do you actually notice a difference?
I think Telkom should focus a little more on saving users money, and reducing costs, than increasing speeds. Anyhow, at least Telkom are trying to do something.
It seems that the fastest connection in SA has now been eclipsed.