Telkom at broadband roll-outs forefront: Maseko
Sep 01,2014 0 Comments
Telecommunications provider Telkom says it is well placed to meet the broadband needs of South Africa as the country’s infrastructure has dramatically improved over the last 10 years. Sipho Maseko, Group CEO for Telkom told delegates at 2014 SATNAC that the number of undersea cables that have landed in South Africa coupled with National and regional data backhaul networks being built out by Telkom and other operators augurs well for the industry and the country.
Maseko says with 1165 LTE sites on air and more than 3000 WiFi access points under their belt, Telkom is at the forefront of broadband roll-outs. In June this year the operator announced Roll-out of Fiber To The Home(FTTH) connectivity to over twenty suburbs with a target of about 25,000 homes passed by March 2015. The company says currently it has already passed 1,733 homes.
“As part of our turnaround we’ve given this matter much thought. It is our belief that Telkom is ideally positioned to be the “anchor” in a Public-Private Partnership to realise the National Broadband Plan,” Said Maseko.
Furthermore Maseko adds that Telkom would like to position itself as the “carrier of carriers”. What this means is that Telkom can and want to, in collaboration with government and other operators, provide and manage a lean and efficient telecommunications infrastructure that will enable competitiveness in the services layer to the benefit of both consumers and operators.