Most of these offerings are more expensive than ADSL for mid-to-high usage, but can be cost effective if low usage is required.MTN triggered a mini-price war in late February 2007, offering 2GB for each 1GB bought, with Iburst giving a small "data bonus" to their contract customers and Sentech also reducing their prices.
In late 2006, Telkom commenced with trials for 4 Mbit/s ADSL.
They also began phasing out their 192 kbit/s offering, upgrading subscribers to 384 kbit/s at no extra charge.
More than 20,000 4Mbit/s subscribers were upgraded free of charge.
As of November 2013, Fixed line DSL speeds on offer range between 2 Mbit/s to 40 Mbit/s.
For details see the "Active and proposed cable systems" section below.
The first ADSL package, a 512/256 kbit/s offering, was introduced in August 2002 by national telecoms monopoly Telkom.
Iburst offer their namesake, while cellular network company Cell C offer GPRS and EDGE and more recently a 21.1Mbit/s service.
MTN and Vodacom also offer 3G with up to 21.1Mbit/s HSDPA .
Vodacom responded with dramatic price cuts of their own on 1 April 2007 after which Cell C reduced prices on their larger offerings to undercut both MTN and Vodacom.