Telkom 100Mbps fibre-to-the-home real-world speeds

Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) pilots running in the Gauteng area are achieving real-world speeds of 70, 80, and 90 Megabits-per-second, Telkom Group CEO Sipho Maseko recently told Talk Radio 702.

Maseko, who was in Davos for the World Economic Forum at the time, was answering questions on when South Africans would see broadband speeds comparable to those in Switzerland.

“As Telkom, we are going ahead with what we call a ‘commercially led broadband plan’. We’re modernising our network, we are investing in fibre to the home especially in the big metropolitan areas, and that is going quite well,” Maseko said.

Telkom is running FTTH pilots in Rosebank, Bryanston, and the Waterkloof area in Pretoria, Maseko said.

Previously, Telkom said that its home trials were running in La Pama in Durban; Plantations in Durban; and Somerset in Gauteng.

Technical trials for fibre-to-the-premises were underway in two business parks, three gated communities, and a ‘leafy suburb’, Telkom has previously said.

Telkom has said that it earmarked the end of 2014 as a date for the commercial launch of fibre to the home, with the trial of a 100Mbps offering “proceeding well”.

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