Telkom SA abandons FTTH rollouts in Parkview, Parkhurst; reveals upcoming LTE-A deployments

17 Nov 2014

Telkom South Africa has decided to abandon the deployment of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology in the Johannesburg suburbs of Parkview and Parkhurst, opting instead to offer ‘ultra-high’ broadband speeds via LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology, TechCentral reports. Telkom SA CEO Brian Armstrong said Parkhurst and Parkview have been on the company’s radar for its next-generation network (NGN) for the past two years: ‘Obviously, as we deploy our network, we need to ensure we optimise our returns … It is still on the long-term roadmap. From a competitive positioning, it’s better to have something we can compete with immediately and also give customers choice.’

Meanwhile, Telkom has revealed that the following suburbs will also receive LTE-A in the coming months: Camps Bay/Bakoven, Century City/Tijgerhof, Claremont, Dalsig (Stellenbosch), Fresnaye, Gardens, Newlands, Oranjezicht, Pinelands, Rondebosch, Rosebank, Sea Point, Tamboerskloof, Three Anchor Bay/Mouille Point, Vredehoek (all Cape Town); Ballito, Broadway, La Lucia, Umhlanga (Durban); Bryanston, Carlswald, Douglasdale, Gallo Manor, Glensan, Halfway Gardens, Houghton Estate, Hude Park, Illovo, Linden, Lonehill/Pineslopes, Melrose, Melville, Midstream Estate, Morningside, Noordwyk, Parkhurst, Parktown North and Parkview (Johannesburg); and Amberfield, Die Hoewes, Eldo, Eldoraigne, Garsfontein, Highveld and Lynwood Ridge (Pretoria).

South Africa, Telkom South Africa