ZOL today announced a new fibre internet packaged priced at $39 a month. It’s officially the lowest priced fibre based internet service in Zimbabwe. Before now, Zol’s cheapest fibre package was an $89 20GB package which, to many in these hard times Zimbabweans find themselves in, was unaffordably high. The new fibre package is even cheaper than their WiMax package priced at $59.
Ofcourse the big condition is that one has to have some fibre installed along their street and so far it’s not clear how much of Zimbabwe that Liquid Project has covered. Last time we checked though, they had done most of the low and medium income suburbs in Harare and were moving into high density suburbs like Warren Park.
Assuming you have fibre running in your hood you pay $49 to have this new package setup and then $39 each month. The package is capped at 15GB of data a month and highest possible download speed of the connection is 5mbps. As is now standard with ZOL fibre connections (a product the call fibroniks) you get a phone with the package and can call other ZOL numbers free (no big deal this ofcourse – how many ZOL numbers out there?)
In terms of the competition in fixed internet, the nearest is TelOne’s $25 10GB internet package, whose speed the company doesn’t disclose anymore. I haven’t used ADSL lately but my experience from months ago wasn’t the best. I would equate it to what I experience on WiMax connections from any provider really (hello ZOL!). Full comparison of local internet prices on this link.
The new $39 package is not the only new thing ZOL’s introducing today. They have also increased the data cap on the $89 package to 30GB, effectively creating a big problem for their fixed internet competition priced in that range, like UMax, iWayAfrica, YoAfrica and Africom.