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Investec buys into Vumatel

On the same day that Telkom announced it is spinning off its wholesale and networks division as a new company called Openserve, one of the company’s fast-growing rivals, fibre-to-the-home provider

Vumatel’s aggressive home fibre agenda

Fibre broadband company Vumatel is ramping up its network as it aims to bring high-speed Internet to thousands more homes. On Monday, it announced that it plans to connect 100 000 homes by 2016 after it started its operations just a year ago in the Johannesburg suburb of

Vumatel to wire up more suburbs

Broadband start-up Vumatel has announced plans to build fibre-optic infrastructure in six more Johannesburg suburbs. The company said on Monday that residents in Hurlingham, Glenadrienne, Hyde Park, Northcliff, Sharonlea and Olivedale have decided to ask Vumatel to wire up their

More Jo’burg homes to get fibre

Victory Park, Linden, Bryanston South and Blairgowrie will be the latest suburbs in Johannesburg to get fibre-to-the-home broadband, start-up fibre telecommunications operator Vumatel said on

Vumatel fibre coming to more suburbs

Fibre broadband provider Vumatel has announced plans to expand its nascent fibre-to-the-home network to more Johannesburg suburbs. The company said on Friday that residents of Killarney and Riviera, suburbs

SA Newsmakers of 2014

Here they are, TechCentral’s South African Newsmakers of 2014. These are the individuals, in ascending order from five to one, who we believe were the most newsworthy in the technology and telecommunications space this year, for good reasons and bad. Also, check out our International Newsmakers

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David vs Goliath in Parkhurst fibre battle

The leafy Johannesburg suburb of Parkhurst, one of the first in South Africa to get high-speed fibre-to-the-home broadband, now looks set to be the scene of a turf war between two competing fixed-line telecommunications providers. It’s a David vs Goliath battle that could also help decide which

Parkhurst set for fibre turf war

In the wake of news this week that the first homes in Parkhurst in Johannesburg have been connected to start-up Vumatel’s speedy fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network, Telkom has begun deploying home fibre infrastructure of its own in the leafy suburb. Ryan Hawthorne, technical adviser to the Parkhurst Residents

Fibre operators are utilities: Vumatel

Investors in fibre telecommunications infrastructure should not expect the sort of returns that South Africa’s big operators have come to enjoy. Instead, they should be satisfied with the returns traditionally enjoyed by providers of

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Vumatel names 42 suburbs for FTTH

Vumatel, the telecommunications start-up building a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in the upmarket Johannesburg suburb of Parkhurst, has unveiled plans to build similar networks in 42 suburbs across Johannesburg and Cape Town. The decision to expand the roll-out follows what Vumatel