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Meet Vumacam, Vumatel’s smart security play for Joburg’s suburbs

Fibre infrastructure company Vumatel has announced it's in the process of rolling out thousands of smart CCTV cameras around Johannesburg's suburbs via a subsidiary called Vumacam. It plans to deploy up to 15,000 cameras around the city, capable of capturing ultra-high-definition footage the company then plans to sell to security companies. The project is a joint venture between Vumatel and Imfeze...[Read More]

MTN launches their fibre service called Süpersonic

If your neighbourhood has been blessed by the fibre gods, chances are you’ve got a fibre connection or are thinking about getting one. And while the selection of ISPs is growing by the day, you might be more interested in a network you already know, which is why MTN launched their own fibre service, Süpersonic (yip, with an umlaut, nope, we don’t know why, either). Süpersonic is MTN’s ...[Read More]

Remgro-owned CIVH buys 34.9% of Vumatel

Vumatel, the company that triggered the fibre-to-the-home land grab in the Johannesburg suburb of Parkhurst, has announced that its shareholders have entered into an agreement with Remgro-owned CIVH to acquire 34.9% of the company as a passive shareholder. That should mean business as usual for now, but CIVH aims to “obtain the remainder of the Vumatel shareholding” in due course. The ...[Read More]

Light Start – Vuma does Cape Town, Manga motoring, Vodacom VR and Uber’s hunt for fresh blood

Vumatel takes on Cape Town The plucky fibre company that kickstarted Johannesburg’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) scene has announced its pink shirts will now be seen around some of the Mother City’s neighbourhoods. The company announced on Friday that it’s successfully installed fibre in the Cape Town suburb of Tamboerskloof, with Oranjezicht and Vredehoek next on the list. Vumatel c...[Read More]

Cell C throws its hat in the LTE and fibre ring like an enraged Oddjob

Cell C’s been rolling out infrastructure in South Africa’s major cities with puppy-like exuberance in an effort to put to bed complaints about the quality of its service (especially on the data front) that dogged the service a few years back. And now it wants to show off its hard work and, you know, sell all that extra capacity. To this end, it’s cutting the cost of its LTE servi...[Read More]

Vumatel’s giving schools gigabit internet connections for mahala

Dark fibre company Vumatel, the business that’s made the residents of Johannesburg’s Parkhurst and surrounds even more supercilious than usual, has announced it’s going to “roll out free uncapped open access fibre optic infrastructure” to every school its teams of trench-digging, fibre-laying, pink-high-visibility-vest-clad workers pass as it grows its network. That’s 1Gbit/s, uncapped conne...[Read More]

Telkom’s fibre upgrade areas revealed

Yesterday Telkom announced it plans to offer around 11,000 of its existing DSL subscribers the option to upgrade their connection to fibre for free and try out a pair of its fibre products for two months, also at no charge. Now the company has provided a list of the areas that are eligible for the campaign. The deal applies to consumers currently using a 2,4 or 8Mbit/s DSL service from Telkom and ...[Read More]

Got Telkom DSL? You might be able to try Telkom fibre for free

If you’re an existing Telkom DSL subscriber in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban or Port Elizabeth you might be able to try the operator’s fibre service for free for two months. That’s right, “Telkom”, “fibre” and “free” in the same sentence. We’re as surprised as you are. Even more exciting, you shouldn’t have to do anythin...[Read More]

Netflix is now available in South Africa

Rumours that circulated last year suggesting a local launch of video-streaming service Netflix was imminent have proven to be true, with the service launching in 130 new countries today, including South Africa (bringing the total to pretty much everywhere except China). Previously, a visit to the Netflix website from a South African phone, tablet or computer would return a message saying the servi...[Read More]

Telkom’s Openserve is bringing fibre to 10,000 Pretoria homes

Telkom’s wholesale division, Openserve, which launched earlier this month, has announced that more than 10,000 homes in Pretoria East will have access to fibre by the end of the year. That is, more than 10,000 homes will have fibre running past them and will be able to request a fibre installation from Openserve. Areas covered include Faerie Glen and Garsfontein. Interested consumers can che...[Read More]

Five more suburbs set to get fibre from Vumatel

Vumatel has announced that the Johannesburg suburbs of Emmarentia, Forest Town, Parktown, Gallo Manor and Melrose are all set to get fibre to the home (FTTH) in coming months. Construction has already begun in Emmarentia, with installation in the other four suburbs set to kick off early next year. The news comes just over a week after the company announced that Investec has acquired a minority sta...[Read More]

Investec’s acquired a stake in fibre business Vumatel

South African investment bank Investec has acquired a minority stake in Vumatel, the company that’s been rolling out open-access fibre networks in select South African suburbs. The scale of the deal has not been revealed, but speaks to both the growing interest in fibre — and particularly fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) solutions — in the South African market and to Vumatel’s rapi...[Read More]

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