MTN launches fibre-to-the-home in KwaZulu-Natal

MTN says it is investing approximately R1.2 billion to upgrade its network in KwaZulu-Natal, which includes the deployment of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) in the affluent suburb La Lucia.

The deployment of this high speed fibre network in La Lucia marks MTN’s first deployment of FTTH in the province of KwaZulu-Natal and an extension of MTN’s FTTH footprint outside of Gauteng and Western Cape.

MTN also announced that it has begun civil works to deploy FTTH in Fresnaye and Bakoven in the Western Cape and approximately 1,000 homes are expected to be connected to MTN’s fibre before the end of the year.

The mobile operator said that civil works have commenced in La Lucia on 20 July 2015, with three kilometres of trenching already completed.

Total trenching distance is 21 kilometres. About 439 homes will be connected to this high speed fibre network, and the first home will be connected before the end of October when the project reaches its completion date, MTN said.

It said that the network is capable of delivering speeds of up to 100 Mbps.

The rollout of FTTH in La Lucia has received concerns from some residents over damages caused on their properties during the construction phase.

“MTN is working tirelessly to resolve all outstanding issues to the satisfaction of all concerned. The contractor has assured MTN that all action will be taken to resolve any outstanding issues as soon as possible,” said Alpheus Mangale, MTN Business SA chief enterprise officer.

MTN said it connected the first customers to its FTTH offering 15 months ago, in June 2014.

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