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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]

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]

Vumatel has acquired Fibrehoods

Vumatel, the startup that’s helped drive the rollout of fibre to the home (FTTH) services in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs (and which recently began offering services in Cape Town), has announced that it’s acquired rival FTTH company Fibrehoods. Neither the value of the deal nor its terms have been disclosed. Unlike Vumatel, which trenches and lays fibre underground, Fibrehoods...[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 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]

Vumatel fibre coming to four new suburbs in Joburg

Four more Johannesburg suburbs can look forward to high-speed, fibre-to-the-home internet connectivity courtesy of Vumatel. Trenching to lay fibre will begin in Victory Park, Linden, Bryanston South and Blairgowrie in the last quarter of this year. Vumatel provides the physical infrastructure on an open-access basis, meaning consumers can choose from various internet service providers for data. Vu...[Read More]

Vumatel eyes 42 suburbs for FTTH

With a pilot fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) project already underway in the Johannesburg suburb of Parkhurst, fibre service provider Vumatel has announced that it’s looking to expand its rollout to 42 suburbs in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Even though Vumatel has yet to actually connect any of Parkhurst’s homes to fibre – the first homes to get online will do so by the end of next month – the project ha...[Read More]

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