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Barely days after the suburb of Parkhurst appointed an independent fiber-to-the-home provider, Telkom has announced it will launch FTTH in 20 suburbs – including Parkhurst.

Telkom today announced its plans to roll out Fibre to the Home (FTTH) connectivity to over twenty South African suburbs before the end of 2014. In addition Telkom will deliver high speed home LTE connectivity to a host of other suburbs across the country.

Speaking at the Company’s Annual Results announcement, Telkom’s Group CEO, Mr Sipho Maseko, said, “We hear customer’s demands for high quality and high speed Internet connectivity. Telkom is on a determined path to deliver on these demands.

“Our commitment to deliver this rollout by the end of the calendar year indicates our efforts to put our customers’ needs at the heart of our strategy. The quality of connectivity that fibre and LTE provide means that South Africans can take advantage of the endless possibilities that access to the Internet can provide.

“This rollout is a precursor of many exciting prospects that Telkom is working towards. With speeds of 100 Mbps on the fibre network and peak speeds of 100 Mbps on the home LTE network, the concept of the Connected Home becomes a lot more tangible and the possibility for value added services is within reach,” said Mr Maseko.

Looking at the milestones achieved through Telkom’s Network Transformation Programme Mr Maseko also highlighted that the Company currently has 475,144 active VDSL ports and that 400 000 South African homes can already be supplied with VDSL connectivity with up to 20Mbps and 40 Mbps services.

The fibre rollout will enable connectivity speeds of up to 100Mbps to the following suburbs:

The home LTE rollout will enable peak connectivity speeds of up to 100Mbps to the following suburbs:

Details regarding the FTTH packages and pricing of the services will be made available in due course.

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