Telkom vehicle. (Duncan Alfreds, Fin24)
Cape Town – Over 80 areas in South Africa will be eligible to a free upgrade from ADSL copper technology to fibre connectivity, says Telkom.
The company announced on Monday that it was offering customers a free upgrade to higher speed fibre connectivity for two months as it pushes ahead with its roll-out of high speed broadband.
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“Upon conclusion of the trial our customers have two choices regarding which fibre package to proceed with. They can either opt to revert to the original DSL speed at exactly the same price point although the connectivity will now be delivered over fibre,” Jacqui O’Sullivan, Telkom managing executive of Group Communication told Fin24.
“These packages include the 2Mbps package at R399, the 4Mbps package at R549 and the 8Mbps package at R689. This means they would have been migrated onto the fibre platform at no additional cost,” O’Sullivan added.
The company’s push toward fibre comes as Vumatel, 123Net and others deploy fibre broadband in mainly affluent suburbs and government policy aims for universal broadband by 2020.
Customers will contacted directly regarding access to the fibre network, the telco said.
“Telkom will be communicating directly with all its DSL customers on the 2Mbps, 4Mbps and 8Mbps packages currently residing in Telkom’s fibre footprint,” O’Sullivan explained.
She warned though, the offer was specifically for Telkom Retail customers, alluding to the newly launched Openserve wholesale division which operates infrastructure.
“This trial will be offered by Telkom Retail and the offer is targeted at Telkom’s existing DSL customer base. Like many other Internet Service Providers, Telkom’s Retail arm procures its fibre connectivity from infrastructure wholesale provider Openserve which sells its fibre infrastructure based on an open access model to all interested ISPs. Telkom does not have any exclusivity on Openserve’s fibre network.”
Telkom will be offering the fibre upgrade to residents in the following areas:
Rand Park Ridge
Atlantic Beach Golf Estate
Val De Vie Estate
Mount Edgecombe Estate
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