Telkom said in its latest annual report it will make “around 200 of our exchanges available to Internet service providers on an open access basis during 2015” in an effort to stimulate access to broadband.
While the project is still in development, Telkom spokesperson Jacqui O’Sullivan provided information on the the company’s plans.
She said Telkom is looking to run pilot projects based on data uptake to fully realise the profitability of its exchanges.
“We believe this would be the right basis through which we could create an environment for open access in future,” said O’Sullivan.
Telkom is initially rolling out this initiative in areas where it is easier to determine the total cost of service to refine the model.
“We will look at rolling out open access once we have constructed a repeatable model for this.”
Local Internet service providers said they have not been informed about the initiative, which makes it difficult for them to comment.
MWEB CEO Derek Hershaw said they have not heard anything from Telkom. He added that they do not know what Telkom’s plan is, or how it will play out.