Fibre-to-the-home coming to more Joburg suburbs

Saxonwold and Parkwood are next in line to receive fibre-to-the-home services from Vumatel, the company announced on 14 May.

It said the Saxonwold and Parkwood Residents Association endorsed Vumatel as the preferred supplier to install an FTTH network in the area.

“Infrastructure work will commence in the third quarter of the year, with the first homes and businesses scheduled to be connected by September [2015],” said Vumatel.

The other suburbs being connected to Vumatel’s FTTH network are Parkhurst, Greenside, Parktown North, Killarney, and Riviera.

20Mbps connection option added

In addition to the expansion of its network, Vumatel said it will introduce a 20 Megabits per second connection option.

“While costs vary depending on which ISP is selected on the Vuma Portal, a 20Mbps fibre connection on the open access network is quite comparable in cost to a 4Mbps connection and ISP connection on the existing ADSL copper cable network,” said Vumatel.

Greenside and Parktown North live

Vumatel also announced the first homes in Greenside and Parktown North were connected by the end of April 2015.

“The world is becoming ever more connected from a digital perspective,” said CEO of Vumatel Neil Schoeman. “A stable high-speed broadband connection has become a sought after consideration for thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of South Africans.”

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