The fibre link, which will be among the fastest in South Africa, is aimed at gamers and big data implementations that need consistent levels of high connectivity. Because the fibre is uncontended there is a 1:1 relationship between potential maximum demand and bandwidth availability. The connection is also synchronous (unlike ADSL), which means that the same bandwidth is available for upload and download at the same time. It is equivalent to standard ADSL connections for 15 000 households.
This connectivity will give businesses the power to process and analyse huge amounts of raw data in a big data implementation, and draw meaningful insights. It also allows for online activities such as hosting large international online gaming tournaments.
Beyond this project, Telkom is also looking at other connectivity solutions. For example, according to reports, Telkom is busy with a pilot project where it will move all LTE and mobile traffic across to its fixed ISP.