How many homes can actually get Telkom’s fibre service

Telkom recently released its trading update for the three months ended 30 June 2015, which revealed that it has passed 34,707 homes with its fibre infrastructure.

While 1.1 million homes have been passed with fibre-to-the-curb – which allows Telkom to offer VDSL and FTTH – only a fraction of these homes can actually get its fibre service.

The reason for the limited fibre-to-the-home roll-out is partly blamed on pressure from smaller fibre providers that cherry-pick the suburbs they want to service.

Telkom said these smaller players are far nimbler than it, which means that the company is now more careful before it rolls out fibre infrastructure in a suburb.

In some areas, like Parkhurst and Parkview, Telkom has stopped its fibre roll-out plans and covered the area with LTE instead.

“Our approach is to evaluate each market and each exchange to make sure we have the right technological solution for a particular market,” said Telkom.

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