In line with its goal of one million fibre-capable homes by 2018, Africa’s largest integrated communications company, Telkom, has announced the expansion of its open access fibre broadband network in South Africa by adding twenty five additional communities that will be connected by the end of September.
In a statement, the company said more areas around Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth will benefit in the coming weeks.
“South Africans deserve the best broadband infrastructure and we’re committed to giving them a superior experience. Research conducted around the world has consistently shown a direct correlation between increased access to broadband and economic growth. As an emerging market, South Africa can only benefit from the increasing availability of fibre,” said Alphonzo Samuels, MD of Wholesale and Networks for Telkom.
This announcement comes a week after its CEO, Sipho Maseko, spoke about the one million fibre-capable homes goal during the annual SATNAC conference. With this announcement, it appears the company is already working towards reaching that goal.
Telkom says current speeds on its network allow downloads of up to 100Mbps.