2014 was a good year for broadband in South Africa, with the launch of affordable fibre-to-the-home services, the rollout of LTE Advanced, and many price cuts.
This trend may continue in 2015, with some exciting developments in the pipeline for the year ahead.
MWEB CEO Derek Hershaw said rumours persist that Telkom is planning to increase the entry-level ADSL speed in 2015.
He added that Telkom is also expected to drop the price of IPC, which is good news for ISPs and ADSL users.
Openweb CEO Keoma Wright said they are looking forward to launching many new products in 2015.
“We will be entering the mobile market in 2015, and will be partnering with the best companies in the business to deliver our goal of affordable and reliable broadband for all,” said Wright.
Cybersmart CEO Laurie Fialkov said that he is excited about launching many new fibre products in 2015.
Vox Telecom CEO Jacques du Toit said that we will see a definite uptick in M2M applications, and more demand for video and cloud-based applications in 2015.
“This will require large storage, compute, and throughput ability,” said du Toit.
Du Toit added that we can expect more disruption in 2015, which will bring new opportunities. “I am not 100% certain what those will be, but we will embrace them.”
Web Africa CEO Tim Wyatt-Gunning said that he expects an accelerated move to fibre away from Telkom’s copper network.
“We’re excited to see that Telkom is also joining the party with the launch of its wholesale FTTH service which should ensure that by this time next year,” he said.
“Many MyBroadband members will be enjoying great speeds at great prices,” said Wyatt-Gunning.