25 More suburbs getting Telkom fibre this month - Stuff

25 More suburbs getting Telkom fibre this month

25 More suburbs getting Telkom fibre this month

Telkom’s open-access fibre network just keeps growing and growing. The operator has announced another 25 areas in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth will have access to fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) by the end of September.

The new areas include Hillcrest in Kimberly; Rayton Ridge and Universitas Ridge in Bloemfontein; Assagay, Ballito Industrial Park, Bothas Hill, Hillcrest |(including Hildene, Langeford Estate and St Helier), Westmead and Mount Edgecombe Country Estate 2 in Durban; Atholl, Bryanston, Dunkeld, Forest Town, Houghton, River Club, Craighall and Hyde Park in Johannesburg; Hazelwood, Menlo Park, Route 21 Corporate Park (Irene) and Waterkloof in Pretoria; Hallack Road in Port Elizabeth; and Atlantic Beach Golf Estate, D’urbanvale, Oude Westhof (Welgemoed) and Van Riebeeckshof (Welgemoed) in Cape Town.

Earlier this month, Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko said the company plans to make fibre available to one million homes by March 2018. Currently, 38,000 South African homes has access, and Telkom aims to grow this number to half a million by the end of next year.

“South Africans deserve the best broadband infrastructure and we’re committed to giving them a superior experience,” says Alphonzo Samuels, MD of wholesale and networks for Telkom. “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.”

Not quite sure if Telkom’s fibre is available in your area? Check it’s FTTH coverage map here.Telkom FTTH 1 Oct

Craig was Stuff magazine's editor until September 2019. He also provided tech analysis and commentary for TV stations like eNCA, CNBC Africa and BusinessDay TV, and radio stations like 702, CapeTalk, PowerFM, MetroFM and Classic FM. He now lives in New York, and is 5FM's tech correspondent for its (tech)5 segment that airs every Wednesday at 12h40. You can reach him on me@craigwilson.net

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