Telkom’s fibre-to-the-home is coming

Telkom on Friday (13 June), announced plans to roll out fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) to more than 20 local suburbs before the end of the year.

Telkom CEO, Sipho Maseko, said the group’s key focus includes the commercial launch of basic voice and broadband fibre-to-the-home and business FTTH/B services to enable speeds of up to 100Mbps.

“We will have fibre-to-the-home by the end of this financial year,” Maseko said at a company presentation in Pretoria.

The group has launched a new web portal where South African broadband users can see if their area will get the telco’s planned FTTH services.

The company has also published the following FTTH rollout map:

Telkom FTTH rollout map
Telkom FTTH rollout map

According to the website, most areas in South Africa are enabled for fixed broadband, and as a result “we have seen exponential growth in broadband usage”.

“Telkom has now embarked on a journey to bring fibre-to-the-home to your neighbourhood, allowing for broadband speeds of up to 100 Mbps, in selected areas,” it said.

Telkom is encouraging users to visit the fibre to the home portal, and enter their details to determine if their neighbourhood is earmarked for FTTH.

The Telkom map provides the following details about broadband access in an area:

  • Go Fibre to the Home (FTTH). Your area is currently under consideration for inclusion by Telkom in our future FTTH (up to 100 Mbps) roll-out plan.
  • Go Super-Fast Broadband. Your area is up to 20/ 40 Mbps enabled, contact your service provider to place your order
  • Get Ready. Your area will be enabled for up to 20/40 Mbps within the next 3 – 6 months.
  • On Your Mark. Your area is currently under consideration for inclusion in our future up to 20/40 Mbps roll-out plan.

Speaking at the presentatio,n in Pretoria, Maseko said that WiFi would also be a “critical” focus, with 2,400 WiFi hotspots already available. He noted that the group has 1,100 LTE sites active generating speeds of up to 80 megabits per second.

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