iBurst pushes on with ADSL2+ plans

30 Nov 2009

Despite the news that the implementation of local loop unbundling (LLU) legislation in South Africa is to be delayed until November 2011, broadband operator iBurst has continued with its plan to launch its first ADSL2+ service regardless, according to IT News Africa. The report, which cites company CEO Jannie van Zyl, reveals that the firm will instead use privately-owned copper infrastructure within multi-tenant environments such as gated communities, shopping centres and offices parks to cover the last-mile and reach subscribers. Van Zyl said: ‘iBurst Business threw caution to the wind with the rationale that a technology that is already ubiquitous throughout the world should be available when the world comes to South Africa for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. We simply cannot wait any longer if we are to meet expectations and provide ADSL services of a global standard.’ The CEO added that innovation in the LLU sector will result in lower prices thanks to increased competition while also seeing a range of new products being released into the market. iBurst Business is currently deploying the DSLAM routers required for access to ADSL2+ technology within two proof of concept networks in Gauteng. The routers will be connected to iBurst’s core network via its own fibre and microwave infrastructure.