More than 12 000 Bryanston homes will have access to Telkom’s fibre technology by March 2016, making it the largest fibre open access suburb to date. The fibre rollout has already started.
“We are rolling out fibre to all of Bryanston as part of our aggressive push to provide one million homes with fibre access by 2018,” says Telkom MD of wholesale and betworks Alphonzo Samuels. “Bryanston will be a model for the country when it comes to connecting entire suburbs to fibre broadband.”
Telkom’s has a fibre infrastructure of more than 149 000km, and last week announced that its open access fibre broadband network would include more than 25 additional areas, suburbs and communities by the end of September 2015. Fibre will soon be available in multiple additional suburbs of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Kimberley and Port Elizabeth.
Fibre to the home currently allows for download speeds of up to 100Mbps, allowing users to download a standard definition 4,7Gb of video in under seven minutes. An entire music album can be downloaded in eight seconds.
Fibre optic cables transmit light and is thus not affected by interference from electromagnetic noise such as radios, motors, power lines, electric fences or other cables. Consequently, fibre is a reliable and stable broadband product.