10Mbps fibre broadband takes on Telkom ADSL

ATEC Systems and Technologies has unveiled its Maboneng fibre network, offering broadband, managed internet, TV and telephony services.

This follows an announcement in January 2012 that ATEC  had completed the first phase of a fibre network rollout to create South Africa’s first non-gated fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) community in Clifton, Cape Town.

The Maboneng Precinct is a private urban renewal development project on the lower east side of Johannesburg City.

“The FTTH network is designed to be future proof, central to the IP-centric future of the east-side precinct, providing network speeds of up to 100Mbps on standard installations and up to 1024Mbps on customized installations,” said Atec commercial director Gerhard Loots.

Loots explains that users will pay R2,500 for a fibre modem to connect to the network, which will offer them 100Mbps of un-contended bandwidth from the office or home to ATEC’s point-of-presence (POP) in Maboneng.

“From the POP out we currently have a 1Gbps link to Neotel’s data center (DC), which can be increased as needed,” said Loots. “We are busy investigating another backhaul partner in order to create a redundant route from the Maboneng POP.”

Broadband products

ATEC has launched a number of broadband services, ranging between 1Mbps and 10Mbps in access speeds. The following table provides an overview of the broadband offerings.

Product Connection Speed Description Price (incl. VAT)
Residential Starter Wired 10Mbps 3GB Data, extra at R40 per GB R329.00
Residential Standard Wired 1Mbps Uncapped, shaped R649.00
Residential Pro Wired 4Mbps Uncapped, shaped R1,199.00
Residential Starter – Wireless Wireless 1Mbps 3GB Data, extra at R40 per GB R369.00
Business Essentials Wired 10Mbps 10GB Data, extra at R40 per GB R649.00
Business Standard Wired 1Mbps Uncapped, unshaped R1,299.00
Business Pro Wired 4Mbps Uncapped, unshaped R2,499.00

ATEC is also offering managed Internet services aimed at high-end clients, offerings speeds of between 1Mbps and 1Gbps.

“Fully managed internet services are available in packages scalable from 1Mbps up to 1Gbps with up to 1:1 contention on both local and international traffic,” the company said.

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