Telkom’s Fibre to the Home for DBN

2014-06-18 00:00

TELKOM plans to roll out Fibre to the Home (FTTH) Internet connectivity to some Durban suburbs before year-end, a greenfields project that brings nearly 10 times the speed of wireless Internet to the suburbs for the first time.

The roll-out in the Winston Park and Everton areas of Kloof, and in Reservoir Hills and Chiltern Hills forms part of a roll-out to 20 suburbs nationally.

The benefit of having FTTH Internet connectivity is it provides speeds of 100 MBPS instantly, which is much faster than wireless options such as 3G that provide speeds of less than 10 MBPS, and which are often constrained by high usage.

FTTH also does not suffer from the broadband constraints experienced when the Internet is provided through Telkom’s copper cable network.

The project is a first for Telkom, in that it will enter suburbs for the first time with fibre optic cable — it has done so for numerous gated and business park communities already, said Telkom senior media communications specialist Pynee Chetty.

Asked why so few suburbs would benefit from FTTH, Chetty said “we had to start somewhere”. He said a “demand register” had been established on Telkom’s website where people from any suburb could register their interest in getting faster Internet. The FTTH would in time be rolled out to other suburbs, but this would depend on time, demand and other factors, said ­Chetty.

Telkom’s group chief executive officer, Sipho Maseko, said in a statement: “We hear customers’ demands for high-quality and high- speed Internet connectivity.

“Telkom is on a determined path to deliver on these demands.

“This rollout is a precursor of many exciting prospects that Telkom is working towards.”

• Pricing and other related offerings will be announced in due course.

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