Telkom South Africa Will Inject R12 Billion In Broadband Network



Interent has become a major driving force in economic growth, that’s why Telkom Wholesale and Network is investing R12 billion in its Next Generation High Speed Broadband Network to ultimately to ensure the economy keeps growing as well as support South Africa’s broadband ecosystem at large.

The company has shown its commitment to the investment of Broadband in the country; Alphonzo Samuels the acting MD of the company pointed out that free DSL speed upgrades during 2012 and 2013 together with the reduction of internet prices which dropped by 43 percent in 2012 is proof enough.

“The evolution of the Telkom network is ongoing, and the impact of our deployed infrastructure has done much to grow the adoption of broadband in South Africa. As the country’s foremost supplier of wholesale network products and services, we have been committed to enabling our customers to deliver on the connectivity demands that South African’s have come to expect,” he says.

He added that continuous investment in current Broadband Access Technology, ADSL 2+, ensured lower costs and provide higher quality throughput to fixed broadband subscribers.

“Simultaneously we have also invested in new generation broadband access technologies such as VDSL, PON (Passive Optic Network) and Active Ethernet. The deployment of Fibre to the Home and Multi Service Access Nodes initiatives is aimed at delivering even higher speeds to the industry. This will ultimately drive the demand of rich media content and will enable ISPs to compete with mobile broadband offerings via LTE,” explained the MD.

New investment in transport and aggregation technology, Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing and Broadband Network Gateway deployment in the network core has reduced input costs, which he says will contribute to the broadband ecosystem by providing a world class IP Network that will support the drive of rich media content bundled with high speed DSL Access offering.