Telkom home fibre priced as premium service

Telkom believes fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) is a premium service, so it will be priced at a premium relative to the rest of the fixed-line market, Telkom chief operating officer Brian Armstrong has said.

While he could not disclose exact pricing or price ranges, the implication was that capped accounts for use on fibre networks would cost more than their DSL equivalents.

Armstrong explained that as part of Telkom’s retail arm he is also still waiting for confirmation on the pricing model from Telkom Wholesale.

Telkom revealed its plans to commercially launch FTTH by the end of 2014 during the MyBroadband Conference on 9 October 2013.

Speeds of up to 100 Megabits per second would be on offer, Telkom said, thanks to the use of Gigabit Passive Optical Network technology.

In his presentation on Tuesday, 2 September 2014 at Telkom’s annual Southern Africa Telecommunications Network and Applications Conference (Satnac), Armstrong said that he expects the commercial launch of Telkom’s FTTH to take place during December 2014.

Jan Vermeulen is a guest of Telkom at SATNAC 2014

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