Telkom calls for broadband rollouts collaborations
Sep 01,2014 0 Comments
Telkom group CEO Sipho Maseko has called on the Telecommunications industry to collaborate more as the country continues with broadband rollouts. In his speech delivered at the 2014 SATNAC Conference in Port Elizabeth Maseko said infrastructure-based competition is simply not affordable rather a significant barrier to entry to the market.
Though Maseko says South Africa is going in the right direction with broadband rollouts, more still needs to be done in terms of execution. “We now have a situation where operators continue with infrastructure-based competition in the more lucrative areas. While this battle rages local authorities, national government departments and even residents’ associations are either building, or thinking about building their own networks, often with much overlap and duplication Maseko said in his speech.
Maseko says government should be commended of the SA Connect policy and strategy that cabinet adopted last year.” There is no question as to our Government’s commitment to universal and affordable broadband access. This desire is embodied in, as I’ve previously said, “South Africa Connect”.
The Telkom Chief says the Policy is undoubtedly comprehensive and well-thought through. “It is ambitious which is exactly what the country needs. It holds the potential to greatly accelerate the deployment of broadband which we require to become a winning nation,” he adds.
Telkom says it has more than 147,000 km of fibre – largest footprint in SA and critical to support nationwide deployment and over 16,000 Fibre Distribution Points already enabling more than 100,000 services.
SATNAC is an annual event hosted under the auspices of Telkom and attracts in excess of 400 delegates.During the three day conference a number of plenary sessions and presentations will focus on the theme: SATNAC 2014: “Ubiquitous Broadband – An enabler to transform lives” with panellists representing telecommunication operators and vendors from national and international organisations.