Telkom targets fibre-to-the-business

Telkom says that while it has started rolling out fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) in select suburbs, fibre-to-the-business (FTTB) will be next.

At the beginning of the month, Telkom announced the commercial availability of its 20Mbps, 40Mbps and 100Mbps Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service in selected areas in Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Western Cape.

Telkom’s FTTB coverage map coincides with its coverage area for FTTH and is available here.

Customers in these areas can opt for Telkom’s promotional fibre 24 month offers including:

  • 20Mbps line with 50GB data package for R999 per month
  • 40Mbps line with 100GB package at R1,299 per month
  • 100MBps line with 200 GB of data for R1,799 per month

“Telkom’s current FTTB strategy is based on two pillars: Metro LAN (Metro-ethernet based product) for large sites, and the same Broadband-based product as the FTTH offer for small businesses. We have been deploying Metro LAN for more than two years already and there is now a rapid acceleration in uptake and deployment,” Telkom said.

“For voice services over fibre we offer SIP trunking over Metro LAN. Next year Telkom will launch similar services over the broadband-based FTTB.”

Telkom also noted that it has 3,000 hotspots across the country, with a coverage map here.

In September, Vodacom Business announced the launch of its FTTB services in South Africa, including prices.

The group said connectivity would be up to 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) in selected business parks in Gauteng, Cape Town, and Durban.

Vodacom has stated that, while it has a FTTH strategy, the group’s first focus would be FTTB, which it would then expand to homes. A big part of Vodacom’s fibre strategy also rests on the success of its acquisition of Neotel going through.

MTN meanwhile, is offering speeds between 20Mbps and 100Mbps, and data packages ranging from 10GB to 500GB per month. Concrete FTTB details and prices have not been revealed. “Pricing is packaged according to services required by business,” MTN said.

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