Telkom has unveiled plans to deploy high-speed 4G/LTE wireless broadband to homes across the country.
The news comes after the company revealed plans to deploy fibre-to-the-home connectivity to about 20 suburbs before the end of the year.
“Our commitment to deliver this roll-out by the end of the calendar year indicates our efforts to put our customers’ needs at the heart of our strategy,” said CEO Sipho Maseko in a statement.
“The quality of connectivity that fibre and LTE provide means that South Africans can take advantage of the endless possibilities that access to the Internet can provide,” he said.
“This roll-out is a precursor of many exciting prospects that Telkom is working towards. With speeds of 100Mbit/s on the fibre network and peak speeds of 100Mbit/s on the home LTE network, the concept of the ‘connected home’ becomes a lot more tangible and the possibility for value-added services is within reach,” said Maseko in the statement.
In addition, he said Telkom has already deployed 475 000 active VDSL or very high-speed digital subscriber line ports and that 400 000 South African homes can be supplied with VDSL at speeds of either 20Mbit/s or 40Mbit/s.
Pricing and product details for both the home LTE and fibre-to-the-home products will be announced soon, Telkom said.
Telkom supplied the following maps to show the areas where infrastructure is being expanded.