Telkom Wholesale and Networks is investing R12-billion in its next generation high speed broadband network to support South Africa’s broadband ecosystem.

Alphonzo Samuels, acting MD: Wholesale and Networks, says that free DSL speed upgrades during 2012 and 2013, as well as an effective IP Connect price reduction of 43% in the last year, are the most visible elements of Telkom’s commitment to invest in broadband.

There is, however, much happening behind the scenes with significant investment in transport, aggregation and access networks supporting the broadband ecosystem, says Samuels.

“The evolution of the Telkom network is ongoing, and the impact of our deployed infrastructure has done much to grow the adoption of broadband in South Africa. As the country’s foremost supplier of wholesale network products and services, we have been committed to enabling our customers to deliver on the connectivity demands that South African’s have come to expect,” he says.

Telkom recently announced DSL speed upgrades, at no additional cost to ISPs, which will be finalised in February 2014.

“This investment is important for the evolution of broadband in South Africa and the cost carried by Telkom Wholesale and Networks was not passed to the industry,” says Samuels.

He points to continuous investment in current Broadband Access Technology, ADSL 2+, to ensure lower costs and provide higher quality throughput to fixed broadband subscribers. The cost of this was also not carried over to the OLOs on the retail end.

“Simultaneously we have also invested in new generation broadband access technologies such as VDSL, PON (Passive Optic Network) and Active Ethernet. The deployment of Fibre to the Home and Multi Service Access Nodes initiatives is aimed at delivering even higher speeds to the industry.

“This will ultimately drive the demand of rich media content and will enable ISPs to compete with mobile broadband offerings via LTE,” explains Samuels.

New investment in transport and aggregation technology, Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing and Broadband Network Gateway deployment in the network core has reduced input costs.

“This will contribute to the broadband ecosystem by providing a world class IP Network that will support the drive of rich media content bundled with high speed DSL Access offerings,” he says.

“Lastly, as part of our IP NET investment, we have provided a fully redundant IP NET overlay that ensures end to end reliability as part of the end user experience in the internet and virtual private network market.”