MTN launching high speed fibre broadband

2014-04-24 07:23
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

Cape Town - Mobile operator MTN has revealed an aggressive move to deliver high speed internet connections to homes.

On Wednesday, MTN unveiled a plan to roll out fibre connections to homes in high density areas, based on a pilot operation to the residents of Monaghan Farm, north of Johannesburg.

"We are massively excited by the momentum that our pre-launch has already created. By pioneering the technology in South Africa (and indeed Africa, for the current set of speeds on offer), we are sealing our position as the provider of choice," said Eben Albertyn, chief Technology Officer of MTN SA.

Users of the network can expect speeds of around 100mbps, far higher than even the upgraded offerings from Telkom.

MTN said that 60% of the residents of Monaghan Farm have signed up for the service, though the company appears reticent to discuss the costs related.

Costs

The company said that costs would be determined on a "case-by-case basis, dependant on the amount of infrastructure and civil engineering required for each estate".

The programme follows an announcement by competitor Vodacom in 2013 that it intended to buy Neotel as a part of its strategy to deliver fibre to homes and businesses.

There are few options for South Africans who demand high speed internet connections as Telkom owns most of the hardware suitable for cable internet service.

The telco has also been trialling high speed broadband in Rosebank, Bryanston, and the Waterkloof where speeds of 90mbps were observed, but said that it would be government policy that would dictate national access.

"The DOC [department of communications] is driving the broadband policy and the plan; on the other hand as Telkom, we're going ahead with what we call a 'commercially led broadband plan'. We're modernising our network, were investing in fibre to the home especially in the big metropolitan areas, and that is going quite well," Telkom Group CEO Sipho Maseko recently told Talk Radio 702.


Broadband has been identified as a key priority for SA. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

South African political leadership has identified expanded broadband access as a key priority.

"The benefits of pervasive and affordable broadband are now well understood: Research suggests that a rise in broadband penetration is linked to economic growth and job creation," said Department of Communications Minister Yunus Carrim in 2013 at the South Africa Connect: Creating Opportunities, Ensuring Inclusion workshop.

Opportunities

MTN was bullish about the prospects for its broadband rollout and said that the service would open new opportunities for South Africans.

"What I look forward to the most, is how Fibre-to-the-Home opens up the door to making the Connected Home a reality," said Mike Fairon, general manager of Products and Solutions at MTN SA.

MTN said that the commercial launch of the fibre service is set for 1 June.


- Follow Duncan on Twitter
- News24
Read more on:    mtn  |  broadband  |  internet
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
28 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Dewani Trial
 

Red Bull Lionheart trail run - not for the fainthearted!

Entries are open, so what are you waiting for?

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Adventure holidays for your bucket list
Top 10 water sports to try before you die
6 impressive camping tips
LOL! The 8 stages of marathon running

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Curator

Garden Route
Alfa & Omega Networked Business Solutions (PTY)Ltd
R10 000 - R12 000 Per Month

Senior DevOps Engineer

Cape Town
Communicate Cape Town IT

Mid ERP Consultant

Western Cape
Datafin Recruitment

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Deal of the week!

Save R1200 on the Samsung 48” smart full HD LED television now only R8799. Buy now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

Save 20% on Nivea beauty products!

Buy any two Nivea beauty products and save 20%. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is an easy social flow and the need to blend in, yet you may not feel entirely comfortable. Something beneath the surface...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.