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Fibre coming to 10 000 Pretoria homes


Telkom’s newly created open-access wholesale infrastructure company, Openserve, has announced plans to deploy fibre-optic broadband infrastructure to 10 000 homes in Pretoria East.

Surburbs such as Faerie Glen and Garsfontein will have access to fibre broadband by December, the company said in a statement.

The roll-out is part of Openserve’s plan to pass a million homes with fibre by March 2018.

At the end of September, Telkom announced fibre roll-out in Bryanston as well as multiple additional suburbs of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Kimberley and Port Elizabeth.

Openserve provides access to its fibre infrastructure at speeds of up to 100Mbit/s.  — (c) 2015 NewsCentral Media


  1. Greg Mahlknecht on

    >Openserve provides access to its fibre infrastructure at speeds of up to 100Mbit/s

    OK interesting – this means they’re leasing lit fibre, so aren’t REALLY an open network in the way their competition is. Leaves the door wide open for the Vuma/LinkAfrica players who engage with the community, sell raw access and allow the ISPs to do some serious value-adds.

  2. Ofentse Letsholo on

    100Mbit/s is disappointing in 2015 maybe in 2010 one would have jumped over it but 2015/16?! and knowing our SA ISPs one expects less speeds plus it’s “up to” not “minimum of”. I just want to visit Japan for dope speeds.

  3. Greg Mahlknecht on

    I don’t see 100mbit as a problem for consumers, but until now Telkom/Openserve have been cagey about what they’re going to do and how open they will be, and this tells us.

    The last mile will still be Gbit capable, but will need a tech to leap in a manhole and fiddle for a little bit, then change the equipment on either side.

  4. Ofentse Letsholo on

    Yeah I guess we’ll have to wait and see how all of this will turn out, I personally hate advertisement of “up to 100Mbit/s” i just hate it but we will have to wait and see how all this will turn out plus remember it’s Telkom though it has Sipho Maseko.

  5. Greg Mahlknecht on

    I think Telkom have made everyone wary of the “up to” wording. Their ADSL model makes it so hard for anyone to deliver on that promise at a decent price. I’ve seen figures of Telkom’s portion of the cost of an ADSL line being around 80%… not much left for ISPs.

    The open FTTH players push this down to as low as 50%, and it’s a properly competitive market, and I believe this will result in better products for the user. There aren’t any bargain basement FTTH players running at the slim profit margins of ADSL, and I hope it stays that way, there must be enough money in it for the ISPs to be able to make a comfortable margin and still put enough in to the backhaul to keep these 5:1 and 10:1 contentions they’re currently selling. Then “up to” actually becomes “you can usually expect”.

    > though it has Sipho Maseko

    You say that like it’s a good thing… why?

  6. ElegantPotato on

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    We do not want Telkom fibre, no matter what name you put on it!

  7. Openserve is supposed to be an open-access provider, but there is no confirmation in the story that the mentioned extensions is in fact that. The story comes too soon after the creation of Openserve. How do we know they do not have an agreement with Telkom ISP to be the only user of the network?

  8. Ofentse Letsholo on

    Yeah I agree with you.

    Yes Sipho Maseko did turn around Telkom, I have confidence in him so It’s a good thing that Telkom has him as a CEO.

  9. Greg Mahlknecht on

    >It’s a good thing that Telkom has him as a CEO

    We can agree here, he’s a lot better than those before him, but not good enough. He’s been there for 2 and a half years now (!!), things are only really changing now, that’s far too slow in a fast moving industry. Imagine what could have been if Telkom had appointed a good CEO with a history of telecoms success instead of Maseko. The aggressive fiber push they’re making so much noise about now should have been done on day 1 of Maseko’s reign.

  10. btw, LinkAfrica is Layer 1 open access, Vumatel is only Layer2 open access (the same as Telkom)

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