MTN says it has successfully concluded a transaction with Liquid Telecom to purchase close to 400 kilometres of both Long Distance and Metro fibres connecting Pretoria and Polokwane.
The mobile operator did not disclose the financial details of the deal.
The route forms part of the National Long Distance fibre network, a consortium-led initiative that saw a number of operators in partnership with the South African national Road Agency Limited (Sanral) trench thousands of kilometres across the country to deploy a terrestrial fibre network connecting Gauteng to both Cape Town and Durban.
“This fibre optic route, which was built by Liquid Telecom, supports many hundreds of Gbps of traffic and is scalable to meet future requirements,” MTN said.
The operator said that it will continue to be aggressive in exploring opportunities for deploying its network, be it terrestrial, fibre or undersea.
In 2015, MTN joined the African Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable consortium which plans to connect 23 countries.
“Our current priority however, is to connect Cape Town to Durban via East London. This will further enhance our National Transmission Network and reduce our operational expenditure for capacity from 3rd party suppliers,” said Devan Chetty, GM of MTN South Africa.
“This will provide full end-to-end resilience for transmission connectivity to and between all of the undersea cable systems which land on both the East and West coastlines.”