Vumatel has announced that the first homes in Joburg suburb Parkhurst, have gone live on its fibre-to-the-home network (FTTH), offering data transfer speeds of 1Gbps.
Vumatel originally broke ground in the affluent suburb at the end of August, and while Parkhurst is the first suburb to receive FTTH, an extensive roll-out is planned which would include 42 suburbs across Johannesburg and Cape Town.
The telco says it’s VUMA network provides FTTH on an open access basis by supplying fibre connections of 4Mbps, 50Mbps, 100Mbps and 1Gbps. This means any licensed service provider can make use of the fibre to supply services to its customers.
Consumers that take up the fibre are able to choose a service provider of choice, and can split their services, such as data, voice and internet protocol television (IPTV).
“We are on schedule in Parkhurst and will connect all the homes by February of next year,” said Vumatel CEO Niel Schoeman.
The decision to expand the network comes on the back of the launch of the Parkhurst project, which has generated massive interest from homeowners’ associations, communities and residents across South Africa, Vumatel said.
Several service providers have offers available to consumers over VUMA’s open access network, the telco said. These include triple play offerings, voice and security services, and the choice of capped or uncapped data at various speeds.
MWEB, WebAfrica and Smart Village have joined Cool Ideas, Cybersmart and Vox Telecoms in providing services with further service providers to announce their participation over the coming weeks, Vumatel said.