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Telkom to launch 40Mbps DSL on 3 March

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After reporting successful trials of its 20Mbps and 40Mbps DSL services, Telkom will launch these formally into the market next month.

Telkom has reported that its high-speed broadband trial, piloted since October 2012 and giving participating Internet customers access to speeds of up to 40Mbps, has been successful. 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 pilot has seen participating customers experience broadband speed and throughput of an outstanding quality,‚” says Telkom’s Wholesale and Networks Managing Director, Bashier Sallie.

Ninety percent of participants on the 20Mbps services consistently synced at 20Mbps and 74% of the 40Mbps participants consistently synced at 40Mbps.

“This superior 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,”” says Sallie. 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, which will be available at http://www.telkom.co.za/checkadsl/, 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.

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