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Vodacom challenges Telkom with fibre network

Vodacom looked set on a collision course with its former shareholder, fixed-line operator Telkom, on Tuesday as it officially launched its high-speed fibre network aimed at business customers.

Providing fixed-line services to corporate customers is an area that Telkom, which disposed of its 50% stake in Vodacom in 2009, has long dominated.

Vodacom Business plans to offer the metro Ethernet fibre-based network, which it calls Metro E, to businesses in SA’s main metropolitan areas. The launch follows several years of investment by Vodacom and its partner, Dark Fibre Africa, in infrastructure.

The fibre network offers access speeds of between 2Mbit/s to 1Gbit/s and has been laid along routes that will serve large businesses, meaning many companies are just 50-100m from a fibre termination point.

Ermano Quartero, managing executive of products and services at Vodacom Business, says the network will allow companies to connect their branch offices and access the Internet. The service is available in Gauteng, Cape Town and Durban.  — Staff reporter, TechCentral


  1. But why? i mean the industry is shifting more towards wireless & converged services; how will this give Vodacom the edge to compete in the future? someone please enlighten me…

  2. Their will always be a need for fixed line connectivity. wirless is great but still has limitations.

    Have you seen iburst offering speads of up to 1gbit? Also 3g is costly to run.

    Besides cost you will always need some sort of fixed line structure for mobile operators. Vodacom is effectivly taking out Telkom from the picture. They are becomming the last mile connection, which is good since Neotel has not been able to deliver here

    This will also have an impact on the costs we pay to the likes of Telkom and Vodacom and as companies we stand to gain, more options less focus one provider monopoly

  3. Wireless (radio signals) is an abstract medium and depending on the frequency can suffer from the density of objects in between the transmitter and receiver. Bandwidth is also limited. Wireless is ideal for last-mile but necessarily for large businesses that might need multi megabit.

    Copper is a solid medium but has limitations on distance and amount of bandwidth that can be sent using it.

    Even though light, such as the light used in fibre optic cables, is an abstract medium the enclosures for the light is again a solid medium and can cover great distances and accommodate huge bandwidth. That is why fibre optic is the only real medium to use for high bandwidth applications (such as those that might be used by business).

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