Fibre is the new Boeing

2017-08-08 06:00

I am sure many residents of Kenwyn are as frustrated as I am with Telkom’s pathetic ADSL speed of less than 1MB on a 2MB line. This is ox-wagon speed in a jet era.

I have contacted Telkom on several occasions in the past four years and all they did was send out a technician to see if the speeds could be improved.

All the technicians told me that our area is about 5km from the Wynberg exchange, which is too far to deliver higher speeds.

I was also told that Telkom has no intention of building a substation closer to Kenwyn as fibre and wireless are in the pipeline, but they couldn’t tell me when.

After making a few inquiries to a few companies that provide the infrastructure for fibre, I learnt that one company is prepared to lay down the cable for fibre in the area, provided that they have about 550 homes showing an interest in fibre.

Residents can go to www.vumatel.­co.­za to express their interest in fibre.

Residents are at liberty to choose their own service provider for internet connection via fibre connection. Currently, the very slow 1MB ADSL costs about R400 and for that we are being held hostage by Telkom’s shoddy service. 4MB uncapped fibre could cost about R450. Effectively, for R50 more, we can get four times the current speed.

So far about 230 residents expressed their interest in fibre so we need another 280 to fill in the form to get fibre into Kenwyn. Internet is as much an essential as water and electricity, especially for research students.

DR EV Rapiti Kenwyn

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