Broadband internet. (Duncan Alfreds, Fin24)
Johannesburg - Killarney and Riviera in Johannesburg are lined up to be the city’s next suburbs to get fibre broadband.
Fibre to the home (FTTH) company Vumatel has been endorsed by residents of these two suburbs to install a high-speed internet network in their suburbs.
Vumatel promises internet speeds of up to 1Gbps and the company in a statement said the roll-out in these two suburbs is planned to start in the first quarter of this year.
Killarney and Riviera are joining Parkhurst, Greenside and Parktown North in having Vumatel fibre broadband.
“There has been rapid and high volume take up of FTTH in Parkhurst, and interest from other suburbs is increasingly evident,” said Vumatel CEO Niel Schoeman.
Vumatel’s fibre broadband networks are open access, meaning customers can choose their own internet service provider. Security companies also use the networks for the likes of CCTV technologies.
Vumatel plans to roll out services to over 40 suburbs in both Gauteng and the Western Cape.
Joburg’s fibre broadband race
Several companies are rolling out fibre broadband networks in Johannesburg.
Telkom is targeting Houghton, Parktown and Westcliff in its FTTH build in Johannesburg.
Meanwhile, Fibrehoods, a joint venture between RMBD Holdings and Gauteng’s Waterfall Investment Company, is rolling out ‘aerial’ fibre networks across the city in suburbs such as Craighall, Craighall Park, Winston Ridge, Atholl, Inanda, Illovo and Elton Hill.
The City of Johannesburg is also building a 900km Johannesburg Broadband Network (JBN) at a cost of R3.4bn.