MTN’s fibre network goes open access

MTN will open its FTTH access network to independent Internet service providers from 1 September.

“Open access networks remain one of the critical pillars of our converged strategy,” said John Lewis, chief officer for managed network services at MTN.

“This will also stimulate competition amongst service providers, lower the costs for subscribers, and reduce the barriers to entry for new service providers entering the market.”

MTN said it has significantly increased its FTTH footprint following its acquisition of Smart Village.

Smart Village fibre will also be made available on the same open access terms and conditions, once the access network upgrade and integration into MTN’s core network is complete.

ISPs which sign a wholesale service agreement with MTN will be able to lease a fibre broadband connection from the optical network terminal within the home, linking to a network-to-network interface, established with MTN in any Teraco data centre.

The ISPs will then provide the fibre connectivity, Internet, and other value-added services to their customers via MTN’s wholesale broadband fibre connection.

Now read: Fibre-to-the-home prices — Telkom vs Vodacom vs MTN

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