Telkom denies ADSL capacity problems

Rumors are doing the rounds that Telkom’s ATM network is struggling to cope with the increased bandwidth demands which the uptake of ADSL is placing on the system.

Some people intimated that Telkom has stopped any significant investments and upgrades to their ATM network some time ago in preference of Metro-Ethernet. The development of a well established Metro-Ethernet network takes time which means that the subsequent lack of continual investments in their ATM network may have caused an ADSL bandwidth shortage.

Telkom however denies these rumors, saying that “there is no merit in rumours that our ATM network is under strain. Telkom has always ensured that our network grows according to our bandwidth demands.”

Telkom further said that it has enough national bandwidth capacity to cope with bandwidth demands, and that their Metro Ethernet is on track to serve Telkom’s future bandwidth needs.

Increased bandwidth

Telkom’s recent annual report highlighted that the company has increased its ATM network capacity to 104 Gbps – an increase of 30% over the previous year – to cater for increased ADSL services.

Telkom has also grown its national and international IP network capacity by 53% to 28.9 Gbit/s and 60% to 2.4 Gbit/s respectively. The SAT-3 cable’s capacity has also trebled to 120 Gbit/s from 40 Gbit/s.

Steven Lewis, Telkom executive for technical product development, recently said that Telkom is anticipating massive growth in the amount of bandwidth on their network. He said that bandwidth demands doubled in the last two years, and that it is expected to double every 6 to 12 months in future.

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