The demand in internet use has prompted companies that deal with household internet connection to conduct a fibre connection amongst Johannesburg’s suburbs. Vumatel is one such company that is expanding its FTTH footprint into more Johannesburg suburbs.
On 14 May, Vumatel announced that Saxonwold and Parkwood are next in line to receive fibre-to-the-home services. The two surbubs are located north of Johannesburg. The announcement follows an endorsement by the Saxonwold and Parkwood Residents Association that they regarded Vumatel as the preferred supplier to install an FTTH network in the area.
As such, infrastructure work will begin in the third quarter of the year, with the first homes and businesses scheduled to be connected by September 2015.
Some of the suburbs that are being connected to Vumatel’s FTTH network are Parkhurst, Greenside, Parktown North, Killarney, and Riviera.
20Mbps connection option added
Apart from the expansion of its network, Vumatel said it will introduce a 20 Megabits per second connection option.
While costs vary depending on which ISP is selected on the Vuma Portal, a 20Mbps fibre connection on the open access network is quite comparable in cost to a 4Mbps connection and ISP connection on the existing ADSL copper cable network.
Greenside and Parktown North live
Vumatel also said that the first homes in Greenside and Parktown North were connected by the end of April 2015.
This development is a reflection that the world is becoming ever more connected from a digital perspective. A stable high-speed broadband connection has become a sought after consideration for thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of South Africans.