As internet prices continue to fall in Zimbabwe, Liquid Telecom subsidiary ISP, ZOL, announced yesterday the introduction of unlimited internet to replace its capped packages. In a message to customers ZOL said that effective immediately all broadband packages will no longer incur additional usage charges as internet caps are “a very archaic method and it is time to move on.”
We agree it’s archaic and we are happy ZOL is reacting to the changed market. Reacting being the keyword here because we think it’s in reponse to the surprise move by Utande in April. Like we said then, everything has changed and the competition will have to move into this new pricing reality.
So what exactly changes? Here’s an extract summary of the old price sheet:
So, to pick the 1 mbps package, for each extra gigabyte beyond the 4 GB cap, you’d pay $35. ZOL is basically scrapping those extra charges meaning you will have unlimited internet for $115 at 1mbps.
As for how that compares with other fixed broadband providers, well, if you use more than 20GB of data and uMAX happens to not have coverage in your area, this is a great deal. Being part of the Liquid/Econet family, ZOL has the widest coverage locally!
ZOL’s pricing is also better than the once leading TelOne ADSL whose rates haven’t changed since launch. TelOne charges $110 for 1 mbps and caps the usage at 20GB. YoAfrica, another leading ISP locally, charges $250 for uncapped internet at 1mbps.
ZOL’s move means more heat on these other providers and we expect them to announce price reductions – or package improvements – soon.