Telkom targets million homes for FTTH, cheaper devices

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Having a decent internet connection at home is no longer as satisfactory as it was a couple of year ago.

With the rise of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections, it is rolling out to more suburbs every week, and it pales in comparison to traditional ADSL.

A number of companies have made huge advances in pushing it out quickly, but Telkom Group Chief Executive Office Sipho Maseko said that the company is aiming to connect a million homes across South Africa to FTTH.

During the annual Southern Africa Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC), Maseko detailed that Telkom has already connected 38 000 homes to its own FTTH connections, and will have connected 400 000 by the end of next year.

“We will be connecting a million homes to FTTH connections by the end of 2018,” he said.

Having a super-fast internet connection at home is great, but Maseko said that many South Africans don’t have access to cheap mobile phones – which is a huge problem.

“South African citizens need entry-level devices that cost less than R1 000. We are calling on the government to remove the barriers that hamper the import of these devices. We must find a way to reduce the import duties so that we can accelerate access. We have to put meaningful devices in the hands of South Africans.”

Maseko said that it would be terrible if we attend a conference like SATNAC today, in the future don’t deliver on what was talked about today.

“We are at an inflection point – in 2025 it would be abominable if we have left some people behind. We need to bring our collective resources together and bring broadband to everyone.”

Charlie Fripp

Charlie Fripp

Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.