Telkom reports that its high-speed broadband trial has been successful. 
The pilot started in October 2012 and has given participating Internet customers access to speeds of up to 20Mbps and up to 40Mbps.
“The pilot has seen participating customers experience broadband speed and throughput of an outstanding quality,” says Telkom’s Wholesale and Networks MD, Bashier Sallie.
Ninety percent of participants on the 20Mbps services consistently synced at 20Mbps, and 74% of the 40Mbps participants consistently synced at 40Mbps.
Based on this success, Telkom Wholesale is now planning to launch DSL up to 20Mbps and DSL up to 40Mpbs options to the market from 4 March 2013.
The experience is a result of the network upgrade that Telkom completed in the pilot areas consisting of 53 street distribution cabinet (SDC) sites in five exchange areas. These are Benmore Gardens, Fourways and Waterkloof in Gauteng; Durban North in KwaZulu-Natal; and Durbanville in the Western Cape.
Customers can use the DSL tracker tool from 4 March to check if they are within the coverage areas.
The upgrades entail, amongst others, replacing DSL access multiplexer (DSLAM) technology with multi-service access nodes (MSANs).
“This marks another significant milestone on the company’s journey to transform its network. The revamp of Telkom’s access network aims to enable a truly differentiated broadband capability,” says Sallie.
Telkom is transforming its network in line with the positive results of the pilot programme.
“This upgrade is the next step in our efforts to provide ubiquitous, quality broadband in the country,” Sallie adds.