Telkom is aggressively expanding its ADSL footprint, increasing the bandwidth in order to host applications such as video services and using the next generation network to facilitate innovative solutions.
The ADSL footprint now covers 92% of Telkom`s total network and coverage in underserviced areas is 76%, says Telkom CEO Reuben September.
"ADSL subscribers grew 61,2% to 412 190, excluding Telkom internal lines," he says. "We fell short of our aggressive target of 420 000. Nevertheless, this strong growth was achieved through the commoditisation of ADSL, Do Broadband, the Self Install Option, DSL port automation and wholesale services."
Do Broadband packages increased by 245,6% to 119 288, while wholesale ADSL services grew to 18 722.
"Telkom remains committed to achieving our targeted ADSL penetration of 15%-20% of fixed access lines by 2010/11," September says. "This will continue to offset the decrease in access lines which have decreased by 2,4% to 4,53-million access lines."
He says that the ADSL average time to install (ATTI) has improved to 19 days from the 23 days achieved at 31 March 2007. The ADSL self-install option is expected to continue to improve the ATTI, with 57% of all ADSL installations being done through the self-install option as at 31 March 2008.
"In extending and complimenting our ADSL footprint, Telkom has increased its WiMax base stations from 27 sites at 30 September 2007 to the current 56
sites," says September. "Telkom remains committed to its target of 71 WiMax base stations.