More Telkom 40Mbps VDSL trial details revealed

Telkom will be testing very high bitrate digital subscriber line (VDSL) at premium housing estates, Samsung SA’s business leader for consumer electronics, Matthew Thackrah, recently told MyBroadband.

Thackrah said that they are in negotiations with a number telecommunications service providers to offer high speed Internet access with large data caps to make high definition video-on-demand services feasible in SA.

Telkom is one of the telcos Samsung is in negotiations with, Thackrah said.

Samsung offers video-on-demand services through its Internet-connected “Smart TVs”, but Thackrah said they haven’t launched such services locally because South Africa’s broadband landscape isn’t conducive to it.

Thackrah explained that to comfortably stream normal (not HD) content seamlessly, download speeds of at least 4Mbps are required. Not many people have access to connections with the necessary speeds, however.

According to Thackrah, VDSL would instantly offer a 10Mbps line. “So that will be very good for us,” he said.

Towards the end of 2011, Telkom announced that they will launch 40Mbps broadband services by 2015, confirming speculation that it was trialling VDSL.

Telkom went on to say that it will focus on offering targeted double- and triple-play offerings, with on-demand media-rich content and “converged services”.

Matthew Thackrah
Matthew Thackrah, Business Leader: Consumer Electronics - Samsung South Africa

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