Telkom launches fibre broadband in selected suburbs

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Johannesburg - Selected suburbs in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape now have fibre to the home (FTTH) services from local telecoms player Telkom.

Thanks to fibre-optic cabling technology, FTTH internet offers faster speeds than the likes of ADSL packages.

And Telkom, in a statement on Monday, said it is kick-starting the sale of its 20Mbps, 40Mbps and 100Mbps packages in selected suburbs.

Suburbs to get the service first include Groenkloof, Houghton, Eldoraigne, Parktown and Westcliff in Gauteng; Chelmsfordville, Dawncrest, and Winston Park in KwaZulu-Natal and Claremont, Bishops Court and Plattekloof in the Western Cape.

Promotional costs for 24 month FTTH contracts are planned to include a 20Mbps line with 50GB data per month at R999 per month, 40Mbps with 100GB at R1 299 per month and a 100MBps line with 200 GB data for R1 799 per month.

Telkom said all three packages include a free Wi-Fi router, a 3GB mailbox, email accounts with five aliases and unlimited night-time surfer data.

“Fibre has the potential to transmit information at virtually unlimited speed and capacity allowing for a continuous improvement of our broadband offers,” said Telkom chief operating officer, Dr Brian Armstrong, in a statement.

“Telkom’s fibre to the home connectivity uses a pure Ethernet connection, eliminating the requirement for intermediate equipment such as modems. This results in a much more stable and reliable service,” Armstrong added.

Telkom earlier this year announced its FTTH roll-out to over 20 suburbs in South Africa.

This roll-out is further expected to continue until March 2015.

Telkom added in its statement that it is also assessing demand for fibre infrastructure deployment in other areas.

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