South African telco Vodacom is willing to team up with other domestic telecoms operators to deploy fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure in a bid to reduce costs. Vodacom’s CEO Shameel Joosub said in an interview with TechCentral: ‘Payback periods of fixed [connections] are much longer, so you will see consolidation and you will see more co-operation … Co-builds will become more and more important.’ Vodacom revealed that it now passes 25,000 homes with its own fibre infrastructure, though it has seen only a 10% take-up from end-users. Vodacom will also consider acquisitions of smaller fibre providers to grow its presence in the FTTH market. ‘We’re always in active talks, but there is nothing serious at this stage. You will see consolidation,’ the executive said.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in April 2014 Vodacom revealed that it was actively deploying fibre-based infrastructure in business parks and selected gated communities and the fibre network was launched in September 2014 in Cape Town, with ongoing deployments in Durban and Bloemfontein.