In the last two weeks MTN, Vodacom, Telkom and Neotel have all released details of their various Fibre to the Home (FTTH) initiatives.
Some of the initiatives outlined include:
Vodacom says that it is already actively rolling out fibre to business parks and are preparing to do the same in selected gated communities.
According to a statement by the group they are currently building the fibre backbones to make wider rollout possible. Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub has previously stated that Fibre to the Home and Fibre to the Business are important areas in which Vodacom are looking to invest, and will be a key part of their strategy going forward.
MTN is also currently rolling out deployment to high-density urban areas, such as high-end gated communities, boomed-off suburbs and high-rise buildings.
In a recent press statement MTN said it has launched an FTTH offering to residents of Monaghan Farm, a gated community 30km north of Johannesburg. According to MTN in excess of 60% of the residents have signed up for the service.
Offers vary based on desired Internet speed, ranging from 10Mbit/s to 100Mbit/s. “Speed trials at the pre-launch event clocked up to 150,2Mbit/s, while earlier this year MTN demonstrated lab trials of up to 1Gbit/s on their fibre network,” the company said.
MTN says that they are already in advanced discussions with several additional residential sites with the roll-out being a demand-driven extension of the company’s already fast-expanding fibre connectivity backbone. At the moment MTN’s FTTH programme is largely demand-driven, with homeowner associations and members of the public invited to express their interest by contacting the company directly.
On the heels of this, Telkom has also said that they are working towards launching Fibre to the Home services before the end of the year.
Telkom has commenced FTTH trials in selected areas and comprises Up to 100Mbps Resell DSL and Fibre Access Line. Areas for the trial include Houghton, in Johannesburg; Celtisdal, in Centurion; Loevenstein, in the Western Cape; and Sea Point, in Cape Town.
Telkom Wholesale has also invited Internet service providers to nominate eligible customers to participate in the FTTH trial. Of those customers who have opted to participate in the trial, says the company, a number have already been upgraded to its 100Mbps Resell DSL trial service.
The company has also provided an interest register on its Web site for all customers to record their interest for future fibre services and products.
Telkom says information gleaned from the trial and interest register will inform the pricing and availability of its FTTH products and services.
Neotel meanwhile has said that while it has conducted proof of concept trials related to bringing fibre to the home, that is not its core focus at the moment. While they have conduced successful trials in several gated communities they have chosen to focus on the enterprise, office park and CBD areas of the Gauteng, Durban and Cape Town regions.
They have deployed in excess of 800kms of fibre to the business in these areas, and have proactively deployed fibre in over 2,000 buildings to date.
Neotel is investigating the possibility of bringing a product to the market in the residential wholesale space in future, but say that it will require a collaborative approach in the ecosystem that consists of community developers, service providers and end users.