New fibre-to-the-home suburbs announced

Vumatel has announced that it is planning to roll out fibre networks in 42 suburbs in certain parts of Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The first area which will get fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) products from Vumatel is Parkhurst in the north of Johannesburg.

Vumatel has already started with its site preparation for its core network, and broke ground at a ceremony near the Parkhurst Primary School on 25 August 2014.

Vumatel has now released a list of new neighbourhoods, listed below, which it will target with its FTTH products.

Vumatel fibre-to-the-home planned suburbs
Johannesburg North & Central Cape Town City Bowl Cape Town Southern Suburbs
Atholl Camps Bay & Bakoven Bishopscourt
Beverley Fresnaye Constantia
Blairgowrie Gardens Newlands
Douglasdale Mouille Point
Emmarentia Oranjezicht
Forest Town Sea Point
Fourways Tamboerskloof
Gallo Manor Vredehoek
Houghton Estate
Hurlingham & Hurlingham Manor
Hyde Park
Inanda & Chislehurston
Killarney & Riviera
Melrose & Birdhaven
Parktown North
Pine Slopes
River Club
Upper Houghton
Victory Park

Earlier this month, the Parkview Residents Association said it had issued a Request for Proposals to companies interested in providing fibre-to-the-home in the affluent Joburg suburb.

Parkview is following in the footsteps of the Parkhurst Residents and Business Owners Association.

PRA said it conducted a survey in August, which revealed strong demand for broadband in the area.

The survey found that four out of five households currently with a home Internet connection would consider switching to a new fast broadband service.

The PRA said it published an online questionnaire at the end of July 2014 to test demand for fast broadband services. 632 responses were received by the deadline in the second week of August. The PRA estimates this represents more than 60% of owner-occupiers or renters in the suburb.

It found that 92% of respondents have a current Internet connection at home with ADSL being by far the most common service.

Majority (61%) have ADSL connections at speeds between 1 and 5 Mbps, while a quarter (24%) have ADSL of 10Mbps or above.

According to the survey, 45% of households use between 10 and 50 GB of data per month. One in eight (12%) use more than 50 GB.

Almost a third (31%) pay between R300 and R499 per month. Over a third (37%) pay between R500 and R799. Over a fifth (22%) pay more than R800 per month. Almost 6 out of 10 (59%) Internet households also pay over R100 per month on landline calls.

Most non-Internet households don’t have a landline at all.

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