MTN South Africa is planning to invest ZAR1.2 billion (USD89.1 million) in network upgrades in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province, the Independent Online reports. As part of its investment programme, the company has commenced the deployment of a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network – capable of offering downlink speeds of 100Mbps – in the suburb of La Lucia, which will see roughly 500 homes connected to the fibre-optic infrastructure; the first batch of homes are scheduled to be connected to the network by the end of October 2015. Further, the operator has significantly expanded its 4G/LTE coverage in the province, though it stopped short of providing further details.
In related news, Telkom South Africa has revealed that it is planning to launch FTTH services in 25 additional areas by the end of September, TechCentral writes. According to the operator’s rollout plans, the fibre-optic network will be expanded to: Hillcrest (Kimberley); Rayton Ridge and Universitas Ridge (all Bloemfontein); Assagay, Ballito Industrial Park, Bothas Hill, Hillcrest, Westmead and Mount Edgecombe Country Estate 2 (Durban); Atholl, Bryanston, Dunkeld, Forest Town, Houghton, River Club, Craighall and Hyde Park (Johannesburg); Hazelwood, Menlo Park Route 21 Corporate Par, and Waterkloof (Pretoria); Hallack Road (Port Elizabeth); and Atlantic Beach Golf Estate, Durbanville, Oude Westhof and Van Riebeeckhof (Cape Town). As previously reported by CommsUpdate, Telkom is targeting to pass one million FTTH homes by March 2018.