New date for big ADSL shutdown in South Africa

Openserve has postponed its planned termination of DSL and copper-based services in areas covered by its fibre network.

This is according to an email the company sent to ISPs on 13 August which was seen by MyBroadband.

Multiple ISPs have confirmed the legitimacy of the notice.

Openserve first informed ISPs in June 2020 that it would be shutting down DSL and copper-based services in areas where Openserve Fibre Connect (OFC) was already available.

This meant that all remaining ADSL and copper-based customers would have to switch to fibre or other types of broadband or be cut off from the Internet.

The switch-off was set to be actioned on 1 September, but it has now been delayed by a further three months to 1 December 2020.

ISPs raised concerns

Openserve’s original announcement raised concerns at ISPs like MWEB, who claimed the timing of the switch-off was problematic.

“MWEB is deeply concerned that Openserve is enforcing this change at this time, giving ISPs and customers only two months to change over and doing this during the COVID-19 national crisis, where social distancing is encouraged and customers are concerned about having installers in their homes,” MWEB said.

In its latest communication, Openserve thanked ISPs for their efforts in supporting its request for migrating their impacted customers to fibre.

It acknowledged concerns raised by the ISPs with regards to the short notice period and challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“To this end, we have taken a decision to announce a conditional extension to this initiative, to allow for as many users as possible to be migrated over to OFC before the DSL services are discontinued,” Openserve said.

Full details of extension

Openserve also provided the following details with regards to the extension:

  • DSL users in the identified areas now have until 30 November 2020 to be migrated to OFC.
  • Assurance incidents (fault requests) for the identified services will only be accepted up to and including 31 October 2020.
  • It is therefore expected that faulty DSL services will be migrated to fibre when such faults are reported.
  • Any remaining affected DSL services in the OFC footprint will be discontinued on 01 December 2020. Consideration will be given in cases where an OFC has been ordered but not installed yet.

The operator noted, however, that areas in which the significant majority of customers have already migrated to fibre will be prioritised for decommissioning and dates will be communicated on an ongoing basis.

“We request your support to prioritise and complete these migrations before the deadline to enable us to commence decommissioning of the copper systematically, thus easing the process and reducing uncertainty,” Openserve said.

It reiterated that all OFC installations for the affected DSL customers will be zero-rated.

“We wish to assure you of our intention to carry out our broadband network infrastructure upgrade with the least amount of disruption to your customers,” Openserve added.

Impacted areas

According to the communication Openserve previously sent to its customers, the following areas will be impacted by the Openserve announcement.

If you have an ADSL connection in one of these areas, you will need to migrate to a fibre Internet connection or you will be disconnected from 1 December 2020.

Areas affected by ADSL cut-off
Eastern Cape
East London Abbotsford, Beacon Bay, Bonnie Doon, Bonnie Doon Vista, Bunkers Hill, Nahoon, Stirling, Vincent, Woodleigh
Port Elizabeth Amsterdamhoek, Bluewater Bay, Bluewater Beach, Broadwood, Deal Party, Fairview, Glendinningvale, Greenacres, Greenbushes, Greenbushes Business Estate, Greenshields Park, Hallack Road, Heronwood Place, Humerail, Humewood, Linkside, Little Walmer Golf Estate, Longmeadow Residential Estate, Lovemore Heights, Lovemore Heights Estate, Lovemore Park, Mill Park, Millard Grange, Mount Croix, Mount Pleasant, Newton Park, Pari Park, Parsons Hill, Port Elizabeth, South End, Southend Southfork, Summerstrand, The River Club, Walmer, Walmer Heights, Westview Village.
Uitenhage Janssensdal, Leyvale, Vanes Estate
Free State
Bloemfontein Bayswater, Dan Pienaar, Heliconhoogte, Heuwelsig, Pentagon Park, Rayton, Universitas, Waverly, Wild Olive Estate.
Welkom Jim Fouche Park.
Polokwane Broadlands
Giyane Giyani Unit Ba
Louis Trichardt Louis Trichardt
Nelspruit Dio Vista, Stonehenge, The Terrace, West Acres
North West Province
Hartbeespoort Eagles Landing, Hartbeestpoort, Meerhof, Pecanwood Golf Estate, The Islands Estate
Brits Harmonie, Kosmos, Schoemansville
Rustenburg Cashan
Northern Cape
Kimberley El Toro Park, Herlear, Minerva Gardens, Monument Heights, Royldene, Roylglen
Alberton Brackendowns, Brackenhurst, New Redruth, Raceview, Verwoerd Park
Bedfordview Bedford Gardens, Bedford Park, Bedfordview, Essexwold, Oriel, Senderwood, St Andrews
Benoni Benoni, Kleinfontein 67ir, Morehill, Northmead, Rynfield, Vlakfontein
Boksburg Byers Park, Libradene, Parkdene, Parkrand, Sunward Park
Brakpan Dalpark, Dalview, Larrendale, Sonneveld, Sunair Park
Centurion Bronberrik, Celtisdal, Clubview, Cornwall Hill, Die Hoewes, Eldo Meadows, Eldoraigne, Hennops Park, Heuweloord, Highlands, Highveld, Irene, Kloofzicht, Kosmosdal, Lyttelton, Monavoni, Raslouw Ah, Rooihuiskraal, Rua Vista, Simarlo, Tamara Parkvilla Rosa, Wierda Glen Estate, Wierda Park, Zwartkop
Edenvale Dowerglen, Dunvegan, Edenvale, Elma Park, Hurlyvale
Johannesburg Bassonia, Berario, Birdhaven, Birnam, Blackheath, Braamfontein, Bruma, Craighall, Craighall Park, Crosby, Cyrildene, Dunkeld, Dunkeld West, East Town, Eldorado Park, Elton Hill, Fairland, Fairwood, Forest Town, Franklin Roosevelt Park, Glenhazelhawkins Estate, Highlands, Houghton Estate,
Kent View, Killarney,, Langlaagte North, Lenasia, Lenasia South, Linksfield, Linksfield, Linksfield Ridge, Melrose, Melrose Estate, Melrose North, Newlands, Northcliff, Norwood, Oaklands, Orange Grove, Parktown North, Parkwood, Percelia Estate, Richmond, Riviera, Rosebank, Rouxville, Saxonwold, Sydenham, The Gardens, Valeriedene, Waterval Estate, Waverley, West Cliff, Winston Ridge
Midrand Midstream Estate, Noordwyk, Saddlebrook Estate, Sagewood, Summerset, Vorna Valley, Witpoort 406JR
Mogale City Noordheuwel, Pinehaven Country Estate, Quellerie Park
Nigel Sharon Park
Pretoria Alphen Park, Annlin, Ansaar Estate, Ashlea Gardens, Baileys Muckleneuk, Boardwalk, Boardwalk, Meander, Boardwalk Villas , Bronberg, Bronberg Estate, Brooklyn, Brummeria, Bryntirion, Christiaansville , Christoburg, Claudius , Constantia Park, De Beers, Doornpoort, East Lynne, Elandspoort, Elardus Park, Equestria, Erasmia, Erasmuskloof, Erasmusrand, Faerie Glen, Garsfontein, Georgeville, Glen Lauriston, Groenkloof, Hazelwood, Hillcrest, La Montagne, Laudium, Lombardy Estate, Lukas Rand, Lydiana, Lynnrodene, Lynnwood, Lynnwood Glen, Lynnwood, Manor, Lynnwood Park, Lynnwood Ridge, Magalieskruin, Maroelana, Menlo Park, Menlyn, Meyers Park, Montana, Montana Park, Montana Tuine, Monument Park, Mooikloof Ridge, Moreleta, Park, Muckleneuk, Murrayfield, Navors, Newlands, Newmark Estate, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Olympus, Ponda Rosa, Pretoria Central, Pretorius Park, Rietvalleirand, Shere, Silver View Ridge, Silver Woods Country Estate, Silverton , Sinoville, Six Fountains, Sterrewag, The Willows, Val De Grace, Valhalla, Wapadrand, Waterkloof, Waterkloof Glen, Waterkloof Golf Estate, Waterkloof Heights, Waterkloof Park, Waterkloof Ridge, Waterkloof Valley Estate, Waterkloof Village, Willow Acres, Willow Glen, Wingate Golf Estate, Wingate Park, Wonderboom, Zambezi Country Estate
Randburg Windsor
Sandton Illowild, Witkoppen, Woodmead
Ballito Willard Beach
Durban Glenashley, Glenhills, Greyville, Grosvenor, Musgrave, Old Fort, Park Hill, Peter Road, Prospect Hall, Red Hill, Riverhorse Valley, Stamford Hill, Umgeni Business Park, Umgeni Park, Virginia, Wentworth, Windermere
Empangeni Grantham Park, Kildare, Richem
Gillitts Winston Park
Hillcrest Hillcrest (Camelot Estate), Hillcrest (Langford Estate), Hillcrest Park, Hilldene. Plantations
Kingsburgh Panorama Park
Kloof Kloof, Krantzkloof
Mount Edgecombe Mount Edgecombe Estate, Mount Edgecombe North
Pietermaritzburg Pietermaritzburg Central, Town Bush Valley, Wembley
Pinetown Mahogany Ridge, Padfield Park, Paradise Valley, The Wolds, Westmead
Port Zimbali Zimbali Coastal Forest Estate
Salt Rock Simbithi Eco Estate
Shelly Beach Shelly Beach, Shelly Beach (Bay Hill)
Stanger Ocean View
Umbogintwini Umbogintwini
Umhlanga Rocks Hawaan, La Lucia, Prestondale, Somerset Park, Sunningdale, Umhlanga, Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga Rocks
Waterfall Waterfall
Westville Grayleigh, Rouken Glen, Westville, Woodside
Western Cape
Athlone Rondebosch East, Rylands, Surrey Estate
Bellville Hoheizen, Loevenstein, Oude Westhof, Proteavallei, Selborne, Van Riebeeckshof, Vredelust Bellville, Welgedacht, Welgemoed
Bergvliet Sweet Valley
Bloubergstrand Sandown Estate
Brackenfell Kaapsig, Klein Bron, Protea Heights, Sonkring, Vredekloof Heights
Cape Town Cape Town, Gardens, Marina Residential, Oranjezicht, Tamboerskloof, Zonnebloem
Claremont Claremont, Kenilworth
Constantia Bel Ombre, Constantia, Constantia Heights, Constantia Vale, Fir Grove, Glen Alpine, Klaassenbosch, Nova Constantia, Orchid Close Estate, Sillery, Silverhurst, Strawberry Hill
Darling Grotto Bay
Diep River Diep River
Durbanville Albury Place Pinehurst, Aurora, Country Places, Donkervliet Pinehurst, Driebergen Pinehurst, Durbanvale, Durbanville, Durbanville Hills, Durbanville Meadows, Eersdal Heights(Vygeboord), Goedemoed, Longwood Pinehurst, Oakwood Pinehurst, Olive Close Pinehurst, Pinehurst, Sonstraal, Sonstraal Heights, Summerwood Pinehurst, The Crest, Valmary Park, Vierlanden, Vygeboom, Welgevonden, Wellway Park
Faure Kelderhof Country Village
Fish Hoek Clovelly, Fish Hoek
Franschhoek Franschhoek, Le Ferme Chantelle
George Earls Court Lifestyle Estate, Earls Court The Village, Glen Heath, Glenwood, Golf Park, Groenkloof, Retirement Vill., Heather Heights, Heather Park, Heatherlands, Homewood Village, Kingswood Golf, Estate, Kingswood Hamlet, Kraaibosch 195farm, Kraaibosch Country Estate, Kraaibosch Manor
Goodwood Thornton
Gordons Bay Antilles Cayman Beach, Gordons Bay, Harbour Island
Grassy Park Zeekoevlei
Guguletu Guguletu
Hanover Park Mountview, Penlyn Estate
Hermanus Hermanus
Hout Bay Hanging Meadows, Hout Bay, Kenrock Country Estate, Klein Leeukop Private Estate, Mount Rhodes
Knysna Fisher Haven, Forest Gardens Estate, Heuwelkruin, Highlands Estate, Hunters Estate, Hunters Home, Hunters Village, Knysna, Knysna Heights, Leisure Isle, Paradise, Rexford, The Heads, Westhill
Kuilsrivier Deo Gracia, Haasendal, Jacarandas, Klein Zevenwacht Estate, Zevendal, Zevenwacht Country Estate, Zevenzicht Estate
Langebaan Blue Lagoon, Calypso Beach, Langebaan Country Estate
Llandudno Llandudno
Meadow Ridge Meadow Ridge
Melkbosstrand Atlantic Beach Golf Estate
Milnerton Century City, Royal Ascot, Royal Ascot (Arena North), Royal Ascot (Coral Grove), Royal Ascot (The Stableyard), Sunset Beach, Sunset Village
Mossel Bay Fijnbosch Park, Mossel Bay Golf Estate
Muizenberg Lakeside
Noordhoek Chapmans Bay Estate, Noordhoek, San Michele
Onrus River Hemel En Aarde Estate
Paarl Paarl, Suider Paarl, Val De Vie Estate, Vrykyk
Parow Pbaronetcy, Kleinbosch, Kleinmeer Lifestyle Village, La Provence, Leopard Rock Estate, Parow Industrial
Plattekloof, Welgelegen
Pinelands Pinelands, Pinewood Village
Robertson Robertson
Rondebosch Mowbray, Rondebosch
Sea Point Bantry Bay, Fresnaye, Mouille Point, Sea Point
Somerset West Belaire Winelands Estate, Blue Crane Estate, Briza, Brookside Village, Fraaigelegen, Golden Acre, Golden Acre (Albourne Estate), Golden Hill, Hageland, Helderrand, Heldervue, Helena Heights, Illaire, Jonkers Hoogte, Kalamunda, La Concorde, La Sandra, Land En Zeezicht, Monte Sereno, Olijven Hof Estate, Parel Valley, Rome Glen, Silver Fox Estate, Somerset Heights, Somerset Ridge, Somerset West, Spanish Farm, Steynsrust, The Links, Van Der Stel, Vredenberg Estate, Westridge, Zandberg
Stellenbosch Nietgegund 516farm, Stellenbosch
Sunnydale Ake Michelle, Stonehaven Estate, Sun Valley
Table View Atlas Gardens, Flamingovlei, Parklands, Table View, Wentworth Village
Tokai Nieuwe Steenberg, Steenberg Golf Estate, Tokai
Wilderness Wilderness East, Wilderness Garden Estate
Worcester Paglande, Worcester
Wynberg Bishopscourt, Plumstead, Wynberg

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