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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

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

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

Vumatel, the company that won the project to deploy fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband in Parkhurst in Johannesburg, broke first ground on the project on Monday. The first trench was dug in a street outside Parkhurst Primary School. The fibre telecommunications start-up

South Africa’s stately progress towards implementing fibre to the home (FTTH) has taken a turn for the better after two residents’ associations took matters into their own hands. One, Parkhurst in Johannesburg, has appointed a supplier and the other, nearby Parkview, is asking for quotes on delivering home fibre. The big gorillas in South Africa’s

Bell Labs, the research and development arm of Alcatel-Lucent, announced this week that it has developed a prototype technology, called XG-Fast, which it used to transmit speeds of up to 10Gbit/s over traditional copper phone lines. The technology, which is expected to be launched commercially

Telkom’s share price has risen sharply in the past year on optimism that the new leadership team under CEO Sipho Maseko has what it takes to turn the lumbering telecommunications giant around. Since last June, the share price has gained more than 150%. And since its low point in May last year, it has

Vumatel, the company that recently won the project to deploy fibre-to-the-home broadband in Parkhurst in Johannesburg intends rolling out fibre to as many as 200 000 homes in the next three to four years at a cost of between R2bn and R3bn. The company, which is led by CEO Niel Schoeman