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Octotel to double down on Cape Town fibre expansion

Cape Town

Fibre-to-the-home broadband provider Octotel said on Thursday that it is going to expand its infrastructure roll-out to reach more than 100 000 homes passed within a year.

The company, which offers open-access fibre, has so far built fibre to 60 000 homes. It hasn’t said how many of those homes have signed up for services.

Octotel MD Rob Gilmour said demand for fibre has spurred the company to accelerate its deployment plans.

“A new customer is connected to Octotel fibre every 15 minutes and we want to grow our connected community substantially,” Gilmour said in a statement.

The company built about 700km of trenched fibre covering Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard, City Bowl, southern suburbs, Blouberg and northern suburbs in 2017.

The network will likely double its size in the next year, he said.

Octotel has 35 Internet service providers offering access on its network. Speeds range from 10Mbit/s to 1Gbit/s. — (c) 2018 NewsCentral Media

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