People are “saying goodbye to good old copper”

Telkom’s fixed-line numbers have seen a big decline over the past few years, and one of the reasons is the migration from copper-based ADSL to high-speed fibre connections.

Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko said in a Business Day interview that people are looking for high-speed broadband connections.

“They will give up good old copper, because it could only give them up to 4Mbps or 5Mbps. They are now looking for at least 20Mbps,” said Maseko.

These users are moving to fibre-to-the-home and fibre-to-the-business, which offer speeds of up to 1Gbps.

Telkom’s FTTH and FTTB products benefit from this migration, with strong growth in fibre subscriber numbers for the company.

The number of Telkom FTTH subscribers increased from 8,129 in March 2016 to 39,640 in March 2017 – an increase of 388%.

Maseko said they expect fibre-to-the-home to grow rapidly in the future, and that it will be a big contributor to the company’s top line.

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People are “saying goodbye to good old copper”