Neotel said that it is currently conducting proof of concept trials related to bringing fibre-to-the-home services to South African suburbs. However, the company said that its focus remains on the enterprise space.
“We have conducted some Proof of Concepts in the gated communities. The most recent was the Maboneng Precinct, which was very successful,” Neotel said.
“Neotel has a strongly-focused fibre strategy, and have chosen to first focus on the enterprise, office park and CBD areas of the Gauteng, Durban and Cape Town regions,” it said.
The company said it has deployed in excess of 800km of FTTx fibre in these areas, and has proactively deployed fibre in over 2,000 buildings to date.
“That is over and above the 7,500kms of metro fibre we deployed in the same areas,” Neotel said.
The group noted, however, that the residential fibre trials were “very promising and Neotel is investigating to bring a product to the market in the residential wholesale space in future”.
“This will, however, require a collaborative approach in the ecosystem that consists of community developers, service providers and end users,” it said.
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