Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko hopes for “reciprocity from the mobile community” regarding selling access to their networks on a wholesale basis to other service providers.
Speaking at Satnac 2015, Maseko said Telkom would begin testing local loop unbundling on its fixed-line copper infrastructure.
Telkom will open 200 of its exchanges to other operators in an effort to “stimulate broadband access” in South Africa.
Maseko said this paves the way for more open access broadband, and said he hoped the “mobile community” would respond in kind by:
- Offering wholesale access to their mobile local loops
- Sharing their radio access networks
It is worth noting that Cell C and MTN both offer versions of wholesale access. Telkom also has a national roaming agreement with MTN.
Service providers such as Axxess, Afrihost, and RSAWeb resell MTN data products, while MWEB resells Cell C mobile data.
Cell C is also the only carrier in South Africa which lets companies launch virtual mobile network operators on its infrastructure. This includes Virgin Mobile, FNB Connect, and Me&you Mobile.
Jan Vermeulen is a guest of Telkom at Satnac 2015.