According to reports Telkom plans to up this to at least R2,3 billion on the FTTH network in coming years. “FTTH expenditure … has been aligned to the company strategy and there is an enhanced focus on fibre deployment,” Telkom said in notes pertaining to its 2016 financial results.
Telkom has passed more than 80 000 homes with fibre, and currently has 8 129 fibre subscribers. According to Telkom it is on track to pass 1 million homes with fibre by 2018.
“In the year ahead we plan on an aggressive fibre roll-out as our number one priority while simultaneously deploying our other capital resources with a focus on revenue generation and cost efficiency as we seek to grow earnings,” said Telkom.
FTTH has the advantage for consumers of not requiring an analogue line rental, which has made FTTH services more affordable than ADSL. Many internet services providers are therefore calling for the provision of naked DSL products from Telkom. This would enable the service providers to offer more affordable ADSL products.
Telkom said it is looking at offering DSL access without a telephone service, and its decision would be based on the conclusion of its analysis of the issue.
“If, upon completion, the analysis proves favourable, we will still need to go through a series of pilot initiatives to determine how the actual introduction of naked ADSL can be implemented,” said Telkom.