MTN grows Western Cape fibre footprint

2015-09-04 15:33 - Gareth van Zyl
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Johannesburg - South Africa’s second largest mobile network MTN plans to connect approximately 1 000 Western Cape homes with fibre broadband by year-end.

MTN said it expects to connect 561 homes in Fresnaye and 373 homes in Bakoven with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) by the end of 2015.

The company said the project start date commenced on June 18 and July 1 for both Bakoven and Fresnaye respectively.

MTN also has fibre network projects in Johannesburg suburbs Lonehill and Parkmore while the company further said that its fibre networks offer download speeds of up to 100Mbps.

“We are excited to bring this ultra-fast network to the residents of Fresnaye and Bakoven,” said Alpheus Mangale, chief enterprise officer for MTN Business SA, in a statement.

“Many of the residents here are well-travelled people who have experienced first-hand the benefits of high performance networks,” said Mangale.

MTN said that its fibre network in the Western Cape will also be of an open access nature, meaning that customers can choose their own internet service provider.

Meanwhile, FTTH networks are mushrooming in South Africa, especially in Johannesburg.

Earlier this week, fibre broadband provider Vumatel said it targets reaching 100 000 homes next year after launching in Parkhurst, Johannesburg in 2014.

Other companies such as Telkom and independent players like Fibrehoods are also in fibre roll-out programmes.

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